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Australia Koala hospital's GoFundMe campaign raises more than $1m in wake of bushfire devastation

15:07  21 november  2019
15:07  21 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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AFP/File / SAEED KHAN The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital near Sydney has raised more than Aus$ 1 million on GoFundMe to help With more than 1 .3 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of land scorched in the state, the fires have also destroyed large tracts of the tree-dwelling marsupial' s habitat.

a close up of an animal: More than $1 million has been raised to help the hospital care for koalas. (Supplied: M Fillinger)© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation More than $1 million has been raised to help the hospital care for koalas. (Supplied: M Fillinger)

An online fundraising campaign set up by a New South Wales koala hospital has raised more than $1 million to rescue and rehabilitate marsupials devastated by bushfires.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital's had by Thursday night raised $1,078,000 on GoFundMe, eclipsing the initial stated target of $25,000.

According to a message on the campaign's fundraising page, the size of the donations had led to the hospital extending the project beyond setting up automatic drinking stations in areas affected by bushfires.

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The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital near Sydney has raised more than Aus$ 1 million on GoFundMe to help bushfire -hit koalas Photo With more than 1 .3 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of land scorched in the state, the fires have also destroyed large tracts of the tree-dwelling marsupial' s habitat.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital near Sydney has raised more than Aus$ 1 million on GoFundMe to help bushfire -hit koalas (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN). With more than 1 .3 million hectares of land scorched in the state, the fires have also destroyed large tracts of the tree-dwelling marsupial’ s habitat.

With the number of new drinking stations increased, and a water carrying vehicle to replenish the drinking stations, the campaign announced it would use the excess funds to establish a wild koala breeding program.

"Some of the funds raised through the GoFundMe site will be directed to building a Koala Ark — a facility to allow the surviving koalas to be accommodated in a healthy habitat area," a message on the campaign's GoFundMe page read.

"Hopefully, these koalas will breed and a new population of koalas will be established for return to the wild."

The campaign says 31 koalas have been brought to the hospital from affected areas since the bushfires began last month.

As many as 350 koalas were believed to have died during recent bushfires in the area, and the campaign said 75 per cent of the areas in the region hit by fire were prime koala habitat.

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The fundraiser says: "Initially, the hospital ' s aim was to raise money to purchase and distribute automatic Credit: Gofundme /Port Macquarie Koala Hospital . "We are also purchasing a water carrying vehicle with There are fears more than 350 koalas have been incinerated in the bushfires .

More than 300 koalas are feared to have been killed this year. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital even started a GoFundMe account to raise money for the animals' care. The bushfires have left Sydney covered with smoke. BBC News reports residents were warned Tuesday about severe fire

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital normally treats between 200 and 250 koalas each year.

Koala hospital volunteer Lyn Booth told the ABC earlier this month that koalas under the hospital's care would need to stay longer than usual.

"We expect to have the koalas in here for up to 12 months because they won't be able to be released into their habitat because it's non-existent," she said.

"So we've got to wait for that bush to regenerate so that they can be put back out there."

Ms Booth said most of the animals in the bushfire zones had suffered dehydration, not only from habitat loss in the fires but from the drought, which had left little water in the leaves the koalas ate.

The hospital rehydrates koalas and then examines them for burns, which are treated with burn cream before being bandaged.

Workers change the dressings every three days.

The fundraising campaign is believed to be one of the most successful Australian GoFundMe campaigns, but its donations total so far is still well short of the country's highest.

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  Koala hospital raises more than $1million to help suffering animals injured in terrifying bushfires raging across Australia The campaign launched by Port Macquarie Koala Hospital aimed to raise money to buy automatic drinking stations for animals living in areas devastated by fires. The initial fundraising goal was $25,000, but $1.146million has now been raised from more than 25,500 donations.About 350 have died in the bushfires raging in New South Wales and Queensland.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital near Sydney has raised more than Aus$ 1 million on GoFundMe to help bushfire -hit koalas . With more than 1 .3 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of land scorched in the state, the fires have also destroyed large tracts of the tree-dwelling marsupial’ s habitat.

GoFundMe is an American for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances

has raised $1.7 million since December 2015.

Earlier this month claiming to be raising money for the hospital, noting that only one approved campaign was active.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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