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 have been holding 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 pals, Jennifer Hart and Meg McGrath.
The concept was to deliver collectively a global group of Pet Photographers – intense animal lovers by nature – beneath the banner of Paws for Oz. Realizing there may be energy in numbers, our aim was to lift $10,000, which was later revised to $20,000 after we smashed the $10k aim! All donations have been made on to established rescue Wildlife Victoria, to assist with rescue and rehabilitation of koalas, wombats, kangaroos, dingoes, kookaburras and lots of extra species.
The primary part of the fundraiser concerned a silent public sale in Niagara’s wine nation. The wine neighborhood donated distinctive wines and experiences that locals have been invited to bid on on the launch occasion in January. The public sale raised virtually $7000 for Wildlife Australia, a reasonably 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 dwelling!
A large shout out and THANK YOU to everybody who supported Paws for Oz, by means of donations, time, experience and curiosity! Collectively we raised $20,753 and I’m extremely happy with that achievement. Over $3,000 was raised was by means of Indigo Pet Images alone. We obtained pretty notes of thanks and appreciation from Wildlife Victoria through electronic mail and social media. To not brag, however we have 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 Ouncesphotographers to tag their posts, please click on right here for an assortment of cute photographs captured – together with a couple of by yours actually!
I nonetheless have a number of classes in Toronto that I’m very a lot wanting ahead to as soon as restrictions are loosened. I think about they’ll have to be outside classes – in step with the 2020 theme of social distancing – and they are going to be numerous enjoyable, of that I’ve little question.
Please take care and assume blissful ideas! Give the one you love 4–legged some additional lovin’ for being such an excellent isolation accomplice 🐶❤️💕
Cheers and wags,