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Save the Koala Month off to a bear-y good start

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Port Stephens Koala Hospital has received a $100,000 boost, kickstarting its annual Save the Koala Month campaign.

The funding will help the Gan Gan Road facility to continue its rescue, rehab, and release program, established in 1987.

At present, the not-for-profit wildlife hospital is run entirely by volunteers, relying on the generous support of local groups and individuals.

It’s latest cash influx is thanks to Australian property group Ingenia Communities.

Ingenia general manager residential Justin Blumfield said the group was excited about backing the wildlife organisation.

“Ingenia has always been dedicated to supporting the wider region in which our communities are located, and we are incredibly proud to be partnering with the Port Stephens Koala Hospital and supporting the best practice care they provide,” he explained.

“The past few years have exposed Australians to extreme weather conditions which have equally devastating impacts on our native wildlife, so we are honoured to be able to support the local hospital by not only providing critical funding but also volunteer initiatives.”

Mr Blumfield says the group formed a personal connection with the hospital when one of the current koala residents was found near one of its developments in Anna Bay, separated from its mother and riddled with chlamydia.

“She has made a wonderful recovery but will stay in permanent care at the hospital due to her compromised kidneys,” he said.

Since its purpose-built hospital and rehabilitation facility opened in August 2020, the Port Stephens Koala Hospital has admitted 90 koalas and carried out more than 1,000 procedures.

Providing both short and long-term stays for native wildlife, the annual operating cost of the facility is approximately $750,000 per year.

Save the Koala Month is an annual fundraising campaign whereby supporters are asked to host an event, design artwork, purchase merchandise and raise funds for the Koala Foundation during the month of September.

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