Boy makes clay Koalas to raise funds for Australian Fire Relief

Two weeks ago, when 6-year-old Owen Colley learned about the impact of the catastrophic fires on the country and its wildlife, he told his mother, Caitlin Colley, that he wanted to help somehow.
After putting their brains together, the mother-son duo came up with the idea of making clay koalas and giving them to friends and family. In exchange, Owen would ask for a donation of at least $50 to the Wildlife Rescue South Coast, a volunteer organization based in New South Wales that helps rescue, rehabilitate and release Australia’s wildlife.

Their creative idea has since taken off, with Owen raising $1,000 in donations via the mobile payment app Venmo before moving the growing fundraiser to GoFundMe, where he has now raised over $51,000.
Owen’s idea to help started with a conversation about whether any animals had been hurt in the blazes. When she responded yes, Owen did something that she had never witnessed before: drew a picture of a  kangaroo, koala and dingo in the rain. She said

“It was really the first time Owen had made a wish for something other than Lego or something other than himself,” she added

Owen explained that his drive to make the clay creatures comes from his desire to have people learn more about the country and its wildlife.
“I want them to know more about Australia and I want them to know more about what animals are in Australia,” he said.
As for his mother, she said she hopes the clay animal project, affectionately coined Owen’s Clay Koalas, inspires children around the country to also do their part.
“Anyone can make a difference and when we come together we can make an even bigger difference.” “I just, I love the idea that maybe other kids can take this to their communities and sell little clay koalas locally and raise money for this great cause.”

By Rosy Onuh

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