People depositing bottles in Return and Earn reverse vending machines now have the option of donating the proceeds to local wildlife rescue group FAWNA.
Donations will be able to be made at reverse vending machines in Taree, Old Bar, Wingham and Forster from February 25 to May 26, 2019.
FAWNA is encouraging local participation in the scheme and hoping the public will consider donating their drink container return proceeds to the group.
Any donations will be used to help purchase the very expensive wildlife care foodstuffs provided by FAWNA to their volunteers for the many species they rescue and look after, including birds, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, gliders, bats and reptiles.
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“A 20 kilogram bag of special milk powder formula for furred and pouch-emerging macropod joeys now costs more than $400 delivered, or about $5 per litre when made up," FAWNA secretary, Andrew Ryan said.
FAWNA spent more than $17,500 on animal foods alone last financial year and is appreciative of how the public can help the volunteers look after the wildlife that needs assistance. Without public help the group could not manage its very high wildlife intake levels.
FAWNA handled 11,500 calls to its wildlife rescue line last year resulting in 3540 animals, birds and reptiles recorded through its system.
All injured, orphaned and in need wildlife should be reported to FAWNA’s 24 hour rescue line 6581 4141.
More information on the group’s work with wildlife can be seen on www.fawna.og.au.