Taking on a mammoth task

Josie Perkins is organising a concert to raise money for Perth Zoo's conservation program and the Elephant Safari Lodge in Bali.
Josie Perkins is organising a concert to raise money for Perth Zoo's conservation program and the Elephant Safari Lodge in Bali.

For the past two years, the Carramar resident has been spending her free time working to help save the Sumatran Elephants.

Her latest project is organising a concert with all money raised going to Perth Zoo’s conservation program and the Elephant Safari Lodge in Bali.

Josie’s love for the Sumatran giants was born after she visited the safari lodge while holidaying in Bali in 2011.

Soon after, she was shocked to discover that because of poaching and deforestation, the elephants were a critically endangered species and could be extinct within 30 years.

‘They are beautiful and graceful animals and I can’t understand why people would kill them or harm them,’ she said.

‘Because animals don’t have a voice, I feel I need to speak for them.’

So Josie started a campaign to raise awareness of the situation and created a petition that was presented to Federal Parliament in August 2012 with about 500 signatures.

She was then approached by Governor Malcolm McCusker and his wife Tonya and was asked to represent Mrs McCusker’s Kids who Give WA project. Josie said the idea for a fundraising concert was something she had talked about with her family at home.

Josie’s Heal the World concert will feature performances from The Australian Santana Experience with guests including Chelsea J Gibson, Courtney Murphy and Murphy’s Lore.

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Heal the world
WHEN: 5pm on Sunday, October 13
WHERE: Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre
of WA, Northbridge
COST: $45 adults, $20 children or $120 family (two
adults, two children)
TICKETS: ticketek.com.au or 1300 795 012