Charities And Community Groups We Support
Horse Welfare Inc
Based in the NSW Hunter Valley/Port Stephens area, Horse Welfare Inc has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses since 1991 and is run by a very small but committed team of volunteers on a 7 day roster.
Horses are obtained from many situations including surrenders, abandonment, seizure cases, deceased estates and sometimes through sale yards or knackeries. Many of the horses are unhandled or traumatised, so a huge investment of time is needed to ensure these horses are suitably trained in preparation for their new homes and a brighter future. A process of matching prospective homes and horses is carefully undertaken and adoption contracts are completed to protect each horse for life.
Horse Welfare Inc can only do what they do so well – helping horses in need – with the financial support of the general public. Sea Horse Diamond Beach has been supporting their efforts for many years now
Rescuing and helping horses is an expensive business, so if you can help Horse Welfare in any way (every dollar counts or perhaps you have a product you could donate) it would most certainly help. Tax deductible donations can be deposited direct to their account BSB 650 000 Acc 989107706.
The Thin Green Line
Every day, Park Rangers across the globe risk their lives to protect wildlife and wild places from poaching and other threats. We think these Park Rangers are heroes – heroes who are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and often under-appreciated. It’s a very dangerous job and its estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years – a large percentage of these are due to commercial poachers and armed militia groups.
The Thin Green Line Foundation Protects Nature’s Protectors. The Foundation is the only organisation solely dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need by providing vital support and equipment to Park Rangers and their communities who are the front-line of conservation. The Foundation has been highly successful at delivering much needed support to Rangers, predominantly in developing nations (from Kenya to Tanzania, Costa Rica to Guatemala, Thailand to Indonesia) and conflict zones, and with Indigenous Park Rangers within Australia and abroad.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
One of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organisation, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans’ Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
Chris and I are proud to do our small part to help this program by fostering our own orphan elephant – Sirimon – who we met personally at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Headquarters in Nairobi.
Sirimon, was a 1 yo infant elephant, when he was found wandering alone and distressed in the Mount Kenya region. His mother had likely been killed by poachers 3 weeks earlier. Little Sirimon had probably managed to stay with his herd for a while, possibly even managing to scrounge some milk from another mother, before becoming separated from the herd.
To date over 170 infant elephants have been hand raised (a 24 hour a day/7 day a week process, with 2 full time, dedicated and specially trained care givers per infant elephant). The baby is never left alone and the caregivers are with their infant until their elephant chooses to live wild). This process can take up to 10 years and varies for each individual elephant, depending on what age it was when it was orphaned and how well it can recall its elephant family. The orphans remain in care as long as is necessary, until each orphan makes the decision to leave and live independently of their human family, reintegrating back into the wild herds of Tsavo.
Raising an infant elephant is an expensive and long-term commitment, especially during the first four milk dependent years – Chris and I are happy to continue our support of Sirimon for the long term too.