Native Animal Rescue – a record number of volunteers!
20 July 2011
At Bankwest we love our four-legged friends and we’re happy to report that 140 volunteers were able to lend a hand on May 23 at the Native Animal Rescue Centre. This was the largest group Bankwest has ever assembled!
It was a brilliant day made possible by the ten members of the organising committee, who put many long hours into planning and preparation along with ‘Volunteering WA’ – a fabulous organisation that assists companies in co-ordinating volunteers. All volunteers were placed into one of ten teams, all named after native animals. They were kitted out with tote bags for the day, including very stylish animal-themed hats, shirts, snacks and drinks… then it was off to Native Animal Rescue.
Founded in 1982, Native Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit, non-government incorporated body dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native animals. The Native Animal Rescue cares for more than 2,000 native birds and animals each year.
Here’s a taste of what our hard-working team managed to accomplish: building an access ramp, laying road base on several long stretches of road, chipping and mulching all green waste on site, taking down an emu enclosure, painting internal and external walls, cleaning and revamping aviaries, archiving files, and more. We’re exhausted just reading about it! Plus, Bankwest was also able to donate $1000 raised by various good people selling chocolates and cakes to colleagues.
While our volunteers were all slightly exhausted by the end of their day, everyone agreed it was a great experience, especially since the Native Animal Rescue had saved thousands of dollars in labour hire.