At just 14 years-of-age, Bribie Island local and the Moreton Bay Region Young Citizen of the Year, Tegan Lather has raised $70,000 for wildlife conservation.
This money has gone to support the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and other organisations fighting to save and protect Australian wildlife.
This campaign all started when Tegan visited the Australia Zoo and, by chance, went to the nearby wildlife hospital for a look. Tegan said from that moment she knew she wanted to do something.
“In 2010 I think it was, it’s like a long time ago – wow, we went to Australia Zoo, of course you go to the hospital,” Tegan said in a Bridge to Bribie Island video interview. “We saw all these animals on the table and in the ICU and stuff like that.”
Originally Tegan wanted to do volunteer work, but she was too young. So, she turned her hand to fund-raising, and became a Joey Ambassador for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
Located near Australia Zoo at Beerwah in Queensland, Australia, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was opened in March 2004, inspired by the memory of Lyn Irwin (Steve Irwin’s mum), who was a pioneer in wildlife care in Queensland.
Watch the video interview with Tegan to find out how she has been so successful with her fundraising efforts and how you can get involved.
Also, take a look at the Wildlife Emergency website.