Like most people I watched the images of the terrible bushfires in horror. I couldn’t get the images out of my mind of orphaned koalas, dead birds and panicking kangaroos hopping before the flames.
I contacted a wildlife group called FAWNA (For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid) who were looking for nesting boxes for native wildlife left without homes.
Talking with friends, everyone was keen to help our vulnerable animals. My daughter suggested Mater Maria as a venue and both my daughters and their friends, some of whom are now builders or carpenters, had attended Mater, and were keen to go back to school for the day for a good cause.
I contacted Marc Reicher, the Principal at Mater Maria, who was immediately supportive. He and the other teachers involved could not have been more helpful or accommodating.
We had timber offcuts donated by Sydney Woodworkers and paint donated by Porters Paints. Almost 30 volunteers turned up on Sunday morning. Marc and four teachers worked hard all day and the prefects turned up to cook a delicious sausage sizzle, which was appreciated by all.
At the end of a fun day we had made almost 60 nesting boxes, for gliders, possums and small parrots. Channel 9 took some footage of the day, and showed it on the evening news, with Mater Maria getting a well-deserved mention.
The nesting boxes have all been delivered to Port Macquarie, and hopefully will be installed into the forest shortly.
We look forward to seeing the photos of our nesting boxes in use.