Com­mu­nity garage sale to the res­cue

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

A com­mu­nity garage sale is in the plan­ning for Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, to as­sist in the con­tin­u­a­tion of Cit­i­zen of the Year Loretta Saun­ders’ vol­un­teer based Moah’s Ark Yar­ra­wonga Wildlife Res­cue Shel­ter.

For more than 10 years Loretta has vol­un­tar­ily pro­vided a wildlife shel­ter and emer­gency res­cue ser­vice tend­ing to na­tive an­i­mals of all shapes, sizes and va­ri­eties twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Cost­ing about $20,000 an­nu­ally, Loretta is com­mit­ted to the shel­ter and its valu­able ser­vice but re­lies on the sup­port of many vol­un­teers and do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity.

To as­sist with the fundrais­ing for the shel­ter a com­mu­nity garage will help raise valu­able funds from house­hold­ers and busi­nesses pay­ing a nom­i­nal fee to be a part of the sale. Funds will also be raised from sell­ing maps, high­light­ing where var­i­ous sales will be.

Loretta and ded­i­cated vol­un­teer Frank came up with the unique idea of a com­mu­nity garage sale af­ter see­ing it in other towns.

“It’s a great way to get ev­ery­one in­volved and ed­u­cated about the shel­ter,” Frank said.

“We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing this valu­able not for profit ser­vice in the town but we do need as­sis­tance.

“We al­ready have sup­port from Har­graves Solic­i­tors and North East Den­tal So­lu­tions for the event but are keen to get as many busi­nesses and res­i­dents in­volved as we can,” he said.

“Wayne Hinch­cliffe has gen­er­ously of­fered to host his stock­man’s show for the event. We will have var­i­ous raf­fles and will also have an In­for­ma­tion Wildlife Res­cue Mar­que erected in the main street.”

Loretta said each year her reg­is­tered wildlife res­cue shel­ter can han­dle 1500 to 2000 an­i­mals a year, from birds through to kan­ga­roos. And up to 4000 to 5000 dur­ing a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter such as a bush­fire or flood.

“If we were not pro­vid­ing this ser­vice thou- sands of na­tive an­i­mals would have been lost in the area,” she said.

Lor­retta high­lighted that the Yar­ra­wonga area alone has six en­dan­gered na­tive species and she is de­ter­mined to re­verse this trend with the as­sis­tance of her shel­ter and pro­grams she has in­sti­gated at Chi­na­man’s Is­land Na­ture Re­serve.

The Yar­ra­wonga Wildlife shel­ter con­ducts its ser­vice un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning and is an in­cor­po­rated char­ity. Loretta also spreads her valu­able knowl­edge through reg­u­lar vis­its to lo­cal schools and also wel­comes train­ing at the shel­ter.

She has re­cently joined forces with Dutch Thun­der Care and Res­cue of Koonoomoo to form ‘Koon­aWonga Wildlife Res­cue Inc’ as the prin­ci­ple wildlife ser­vice for the cen­tral and eastern re­gions of Moira Shire.

Loretta said the sup­port they get from the com­mu­nity is al­ready in­cred­i­ble but they want to keep their not for profit ser­vice vi­able and sus­tain­able into the fu­ture so the whole com­mu­nity ben­e­fits.

“I don’t think of what I do as a job – I see it as my pas­sion,” Loretta said.

“It is just re­ally grat­i­fy­ing to know that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate what we do and we are re­ally ex­cited about the com­mu­nity garage sale,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity garage sale, or if you would like to as­sist on the day, con­tact Loretta on 0417 288 944.

A com­mu­nity garage sale is planned for Septem­ber 9 to help as­sist the Moah’s Ark Yar­ra­wonga Wildlife Res­cue Shel­ter. Pic­tured is vol­un­teer Moee­sha Saun­ders with some of the young Joeys the not for profit ser­vice is car­ing for at the mo­ment.

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