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More Than $1m Has Now Been Donated For The Koala Bushfire Fundraiser

More Than $1m Has Now Been Donated For The Koala Bushfire Fundraiser

Australians are known for digging deep when times are tough to help one another.

But rarely have we seen such an outpouring of financial love than with the fundraiser to help the koala community devastated by bushfires across New South Wales and Queensland.

Since being set up on GoFundMe at the end of last month, when the bushfires first broke out in and around Port Macquarie, more than AUD $1 million (£526,000 / US $681,000) has been pledged.

Credit: GoFundMe
Credit: GoFundMe
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Just take stock of that figure for a second.

A figure in excess of a million dollars has been donated by hard-working people and companies to help an iconic Aussie animal get back on its feet.

The funds will go towards the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which has treated dozens of the marsupials over the past few weeks.

The fundraiser says: "Initially, the hospital's aim was to raise money to purchase and distribute automatic drinking stations which will be installed in the burnt areas to help in koala and wildlife survival.

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"The number of drinking stations being built has now been increased and they will be shared with other wildlife organisations in fire affected regions across New South Wales. Two are being built for dispatch to the northern rivers fire area next week.

One of the koalas being treated. Credit: Gofundme/Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
One of the koalas being treated. Credit: Gofundme/Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

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"We are also purchasing a water carrying vehicle with fire fighting capabilities to replenish the drinking stations with water as needed.

"Donations have now reached an incredible amount and we are extending the project to establish a wild koala breeding program."

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There are fears more than 350 koalas have been incinerated in the bushfires.

Crews are yet to get into all the affected areas to confirm the total loss of life but early estimates suggest the local population has been decimated by the infernos.

The Koala Hospital hopes the massive outpouring of funds will allow them to set up a new wild breeding program that will hopefully boost the numbers of koalas across the region.

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They're keen to build a 'Koala Ark' which will be 'a facility to allow the surviving koalas to be accommodated in a healthy habitat'.

The fundraiser has absolutely blown through its intended target of AUD $25,000 (£13,000 / US $17,000) and these funds will no doubt make a lasting difference to a community that has already lost so much.

On a national level, we've already seen four lives lost, more than 500 homes and sheds destroyed and a significant number of burns and injuries to of wildlife.

Featured Image Credit: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.