Charities And Community Groups We Support
Horse Welfare Inc
Horse Welfare Inc has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses since 1991 and is run by a very small but committed team of volunteers, 7 days a week. It is based in the NSW Hunter Valley/Port Stephens area.
Horses come to Horse Welfare from many unhappy situations – abandonment, seizure cases, deceased estates, sale yards or knackeries. The horses are usually unhandled and traumatised, so a huge investment of time is needed to ensure these horses are suitably trained in preparation for their new (carefully matched to the horses) homes and a brighter future.
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.
Rescuing and helping horses is an expensive business, so if you can help Horse Welfare in any way – shout them a bale of hay, buy a handcrafted Horse Welfare Huggie Horse, make a cash donation or perhaps you have a product you could donate to them – it would most certainly help. Donations are tax deductible.
The Thin Green Line
The Thin Green Line Foundation protects and aids Park Rangers – very day, around the world.
Park Rangers are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and often under-appreciated. It’s a very dangerous job and over 1,000 park rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years – a large percentage due to commercial poachers and armed militia groups.
The Foundation provides vital support and equipment to Park Rangers and their communities around the world. The Foundation has been highly successful at delivering much needed support from Kenya to Tanzania, Costa Rica to Guatemala, Thailand to Indonesia and other conflict zones.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
One of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organisation, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is best known for its Orphans’ Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
Raising an orphaned and traumatized infant elephant is an expensive and long-term commitment (up to 10 years, 24/7, with 2 full time, trained care givers), especially during the first four milk dependent years.
Chris and I are proud to do our small part to help by fostering Sirimon – who we met at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Headquarters in Nairobi.
Sirimon, was a 1 yo infant elephant, when he was found wandering alone and distressed. 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 and reintegrated into the wild.