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Newquay woman helps injured koalas in Australia

Newquay woman helps injured koalas in Australia

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:36pm 8th January 2020. (Updated at 4:56pm 8th January 2020)

Meet the woman from Newquay who is raising money to help koalas injured in the Australian bush fires.

Emma Wright has already raised over £2,000 to help plant more trees for koala food.

She came up with the idea after adopting an injured one called Anwen via the Koala Hospital in New South Wales.

Anwen was the third burns patient to be admitted from the Lake Innes fireground. She suffered singeing to 90% of her body. She also has burns of her hands and feet.

Emma said lots of friends and family came forward to do the same, and she started thinking what she could do on a bigger scale and to get more people involved.

"I looked at the hospital online again and they were fundraising to buy trees to feed the koalas.

"Obviously with the terrible devastation the need is going to manifest and grow over the coming months.

"I worked out that £8 would buy a tree - and could we raise £800 pounds to buy 100 trees - and that was my initial target.

"We hit £800 within 24 hours, we went up and up and it kept being reached. It's been absolutely incredible."

Emma Wright

The target now stands at £3000 and so far, almost £2,500 has been raised.

Emma has had comments from people in Australia saying thank you for all the support.

You can find Emma's Just Giving page here.

"It's just that will I think of seeing such a huge problem and wondering what I could do about it on the other side of the world, I always think if you've got a really big problem you break it down into small bits, and i can't fix the big issue here, but maybe I can do something to help somebody.

"You can't help but be moved by everything that's going on out there at the moment, and the idea behind fundraising specifically to buy trees I think is about looking at the really awful situation at the moment, and then thinking what can we do about it in the future, how can we turn something so bad into something so positive, and I think people have really bought into that, and by donating £8 that provides something, it provides a tree, it makes you feel that you can have an effect on such an awful situation."

Emma Wright

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