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A young koala's beach adventure

November 13th 2007
Cry for help answered

Fauna will benefit from generous donation Magnetic Island Fauna Care Organisation (MIFCO) are often called on to help out sick, injured and orphaned wildlife but last weekend it was their call for help that was answered by two generous people.

Natalie Tonking a MIFCO member wrote to Magnetic Times to recount what happened when the group put the call out for assistance.

"It all started with MIFCO realising that our CDMA phone would be disbanded end of January 2008. As MIFCO is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers and (apart from
the ongoing donations from Bungalow Bay Koala Park to cover food and veterinary supplies) there was little to no funds to finance a new mobile phone.

We investigated what MIFCO would need to do to change from Pre-paid CDMA to Pre-paid Next G or other Telstra service. This confirmed the need to purchase a mobile phone.

After numerous phone calls attempting to obtain a phone cheaply and within budget, we were beginning to get very concerned.

On a whim the group rang into 4TO FM and placed a request for a donation from any member of the public who felt they would be able to help out.

No more than 10 minutes later we were talking to Joshua Ruston of Commander Connection. He and his partner Karen Davies had heard MIFCO's plea for help. They arranged for new Nokia phone to be collected by me that same day for no cost at all!


Joshua Ruston and Karen Davies


Joshua and Karen say they see a lot of wild life injured on the roads as well as having lots of wildlife pass through their property and they are thankful for the services of their local wildlife carer who does a fantastic job. When they heard that MIFCO was in need and it was something so simple they could not let the opportunity to give back pass them by.

Their generosity has made a world of difference to MIFCO and has ensured we can continue the great service provided to injured, sick and orphaned animals on the Island. It has also meant that MIFCO doesn't have to take funds away from purchasing other essential care facilities.

MIFCO presented Josh and Karen with a Certificate of Appreciation as a small token of our thanks for their generosity. This kind of thanks could never be expressed in words."



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