5 brief months in the past, essentially the most urgent factor on my thoughts was the Australian Bushfires and Paws for Oz.
The movies of burnt, hungry, dehydrated and exhausted wildlife had been preserving me up at evening. What began as an concept that got here to me at 4 a.m., in three brief weeks was catapulted right into a full blown worldwide fundraiser – all with the assistance of my wine trade/animal loving mates, Jennifer Hart and Meg McGrath.
The concept was to deliver collectively a world group of Pet Photographers – intense animal lovers by nature – underneath the banner of Paws for Oz. Figuring out there may be energy in numbers, our objective was to boost $10,000, which was later revised to $20,000 once we smashed the $10k objective! All donations had been made on to established rescue Wildlife Victoria, to assist with rescue and rehabilitation of koalas, wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, kookaburras and plenty of extra species.
The primary part of the fundraiser concerned a silent public sale in Niagara’s wine nation. The wine group donated distinctive wines and experiences that locals had been invited to bid on on the launch occasion in January. The public sale raised nearly $7000 for Wildlife Australia, a somewhat auspicious begin to the fundraiser!
Part two was the recruitment of pet photographers – in the end twenty 9 unimaginable pet photographers joined the trigger, representing Canada, the US and Australia!
Go huge or go residence!
A large shout out and THANK YOU to everybody who supported Paws for Oz, by way of donations, time, experience and curiosity! Collectively we raised $20,753 and I’m extremely pleased with that achievement. Over $3,000 was raised was by way of Indigo Pet Images alone. We obtained pretty notes of thanks and appreciation from Wildlife Victoria by way of e-mail and social media. To not brag, however we had been the highest fundraising workforce within the Australian Bushfire enchantment on GoFundraise, the place Wildlife Victoria was taking donations! Okay, yeah, completely wished to brag about that!
On Instagram we inspired our Paws for Ozphotographers to tag their posts, please click on right here for an assortment of cute photographs captured – together with a couple of by yours really!
I nonetheless have a number of periods in Toronto that I’m very a lot trying ahead to as soon as restrictions are loosened. I think about they may should be outside periods – in step with the 2020 theme of social distancing – and they are going to be numerous enjoyable, of that I’ve little doubt.
Please take care and assume blissful ideas! Give your loved one 4–legged some further lovin’ for being such an amazing isolation accomplice 🐶❤️💕
Cheers and wags,