Australia’s newest conservation group has been overwhelmed by support for its ‘Garage Sale’ appeal which culminates on Saturday 5 May 2012.
‘Saving Asian Rainforests and the bears, rhinos, gibbons and orangutans that rely on them is a great cause. We chose Garage Sale Trail as a fun event to help raise funds. We did not anticipate the level of interest from both sides of parliament and from communities across the country. We are very grateful for the support.’
said Wildlife Asia Partnerships Manager Scott Lyall (mob: 0499 733 302)
Federal politicians have laid aside their differences to support the event:
‘Wildlife Asia is encouraging you to be part of the Garage Sale Trail and donate some proceeds to them. It’s a great idea and I encourage you to get involved.’
Tony Burke MP, Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
‘Saving tropical rainforests is one of the most effective direct actions that can reduce green house gas emissions. The Wildlife Asia ‘Garage Sale Trail’ appeal is a fun event that all Australians can participate in and it will help save tropical rainforests. I urge everyone to take part in this worthy cause and am happy to give it my full support.’
Greg Hunt MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage
Press, broadcast and social media are helping to spread the message. One Adelaide garage sale is using facebook to attract visitors:
‘Calling all Adelaide-ites! We are holding a garage sale for Wildlife Asia this Saturday. Bring your junk so we can turn it to gold for the bears, orangutans, rhinos and silvery gibbons. Clear out your homes so we can save theirs!’
Another creative example of a local event is the ‘Cool Kids Car Wash’ with entertainment and massages while you wait and 25% of proceeds donated to the cause.
Full details of Wildlife Asia and its programs are on the web and facebook.
Visit Garage Sale Trail for tips on how to organise and promote your garage sale. For some people it may be too late to organise a garage sale but it is never too late to donate at the Wildlife Asia website.
Wildlife Asia and its field programs are working across South East Asia on programs to protect habitat, rescue animals in distress and develop sustainable sources of income for local communities.