Australian Bushfire Emergency Appeal
Whilst we are fortunate that our walks have not been impacted, the Australian bushfires have already burnt more than 6 million hectares, devastating communities, industry, native habitats and wildlife. Our hearts go out to all Australians who have been affected.
Through our Charitable Fund, Tasmanian Walking Company is committed to contributing up to $100k to support the ongoing Australian bushfire response and recovery efforts.
This commitment includes an immediate donation of $50k from the Tasmanian Walking Company and a goal to contribute a further $50k through matching donations dollar for dollar and contributing $250 for every new booking made in January for walks in 2020.
All funds will be distributed through our Charitable Fund to support Australian bushfire response and recovery including, The Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund, Wildlife Victoria and WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service).
Donations to our Tasmanian Walking Company Charitable Fund are distributed by Australian Communities Foundation on behalf of Tasmanian Walking Company and Australian Walking Company. All donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible and a tax invoice will be emailed to you once your donation is processed.
In addition to the above commitment, Tasmanian Walking Company (on behalf of Kangaroo Island Lodge Walk project) has already dispersed additional funds to support wildlife welfare and community support initiatives on Kangaroo Island.
The Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund
The money raised through the Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire appeal will go directly into the hands of islanders that need it most. This will help those directly impacted by the devastation caused by the fires and will help them face each new day with financial assistance to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. This is the official donation appeal for Kangaroo Island.
Wildlife Victoria will be distributing donations to wildlife shelters and carers to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.
WIRES, which stands for the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service, is a non-profit NSW-based organisation that trains a network of volunteer wildlife carers and rescuers that provide care for native animals in distress.
WIRES is rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible. Since December 2019, WIRES has received more than 20,000 calls and volunteers have attended over 3,300 rescues.