MANDURAH MLA David Templeman has followed through on a pre-election promise of $40,000 to help Mandurah Wildlife Rescue Group with much needed funding.
Mr Templeman said he had been involved with the group for many years and applauded the work done in the Peel region over the past 10 years.
Mandurah Wildlife Rescue started at its current location in 2008 and has grown from a small operation with a few volunteers to more than 60 volunteers and up to 300 birds, animals and reptiles.
Chairman Joanne Evans said the group had received generous support from state and local government over the years and a couple of supportive sponsors, including Alcoa, had donated funding every year since the start.
She said the majority of funding was from a loyal membership base and the public.
“Every time we put a call out to the public, they come through for us as they have again this year,’’ she said.
“This has been a tough year for us, with huge increases in the number of animals cared for, which strains our financial resources and limits our volunteers’ time to be involved in fundraising or anything outside the operation needs of our rescue animals’ rehabilitation back to the wild.”
Mr Templeman said that unlike many charities, Mandurah Wildlife Rescue did not employ staff or marketing agencies to fundraise on their behalf and instead relied solely on unpaid volunteers.
“What began as a few wildlife enthusiasts getting together in founder Dot Terry’s home to do what they could for injured and orphaned native animals, has now become a significant rescue and rehabilitation in the Peel region.”