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Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Gala Dinner 2022: celebrating 75 years of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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As longstanding supporters of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, Attwood Marshall Lawyers were honoured to attend a special evening to celebrate 75 years of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and contribute to raising funds for the ongoing conservation and research programs at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Gala Dinner 2022

The Star Casino Gold Coast provided a luxurious atmosphere in its stunning ballroom for The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Gala Dinner on the 19th of August 2022. The evening included live entertainment from various talented performers, raffles, and silent and live auctions, to raise much-needed funds to support the conservation efforts of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Hospital.

Left to Right: Attwood Marshall Lawyers Holly Gilholme, Shyenne Linegar, Ebony Hateley, Sienna the snake and her handler, Kelli Costin and Melissa Summergreene.

The two auctions did not disappoint, with over 100 items to bid for. Some of the wonderful prizes donated by generous businesses included a 7-night escape to Italy for eight people, a 7-night luxury villa holiday in Bali, naming rights of a koala, a long weekend stay at a private resort in the Hunter Valley, Deep Sea Fishing Adventures, Limited Edition Artwork, and much more.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers were pleased to win several items at auction to show our support for this well-deserving organisation. The extensive amount of money raised will help in purchasing Bioacoustics Song Meters, a DJI Matrice 210 Drone as well as support the ongoing conservation and research programs at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 

“This year’s Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Gala Dinner was a huge success, and we are so grateful for the ongoing support from organisations like Attwood Marshall Lawyers. Without their generous contributions and donations, we couldn’t continue our vital work. All the money raised from the evening will help us save the lives of local wildlife through the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and ensure the future of many endangered species through our world leading conservation programs.” –  Jayme Cuttriss CEO National Trust of Australia (Queensland).

 

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital & Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary first opened to the public 75 years ago. Founder Alex Griffiths hired his first vet in 1989, and so began the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Over the past 20 years, the hospital has saved over 140,000 wildlife patients. Its mission is to treat, rehabilitate and release sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife, and the hospital depends on donations and public support to be able to do so. The hospital also supports research projects to ensure our incredible wildlife can thrive for future generations to experience and enjoy.

The experienced veterinary team, supported by volunteers, continue to provide an exceptional service free of charge to the community.

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary participates in 15 conservation projects. Some of the exciting projects include:

  1. The Kroombit Tinkerfrog Conservation Project: The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was the first institution to house and breed a Taudactylus species, which is a close relative of the Kroombit Tinkerfrog. By doing so, the Sanctuary learned techniques to test and treat chytrid fungus which has threatened the species. They are working on recovering the critically endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog, potentially less than 150 individual frogs remain in existence today.
  2. Eastern Bristlebird Conservation Project: With only four populations of the Eastern Bristlebird left in Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary became involved with the captive breeding program to breed an appropriate number of birds for ultimate release back to the wild.
  3. Tasmanian Devil Conservation: The Sanctuary has been involved in the captive breeding program of Tasmanian Devils to help save this species from extinction in the wild.

In addition to the conservation projects The Sanctuary is involved in, there are several research programs both the Hospital and Sanctuary also facilitate, including:

  1. Koala Research: Sadly, our local koala population is now listed as endangered, with the disease being a major factor contributing to the decline in koala numbers. The main diseases affecting koalas are koala chlamydia and koala retrovirus. The Hospital is investigating these diseases to find cures and preventions to save our koala population. The Sanctuary is currently participating in a koala chlamydial vaccine trial showing promise to protect koalas from this disease better.
  2. Echidna Research: Research into the secrets of echidna reproduction with a long-term goal to use this knowledge to help save the endangered long-beaked echidna of Papua New Guinea.

How can you help?

There are various ways you can help protect our native wildlife, such as hosting a fundraising event, becoming a friend of the hospital, buying a eucalyptus tree, or simply donating to the cause.

You can even adopt a native Australian animal to show your support! The Currumbin Wildlife offers one-off payment donations that allow you to adopt a baby animal symbolically. Your adoption fee helps maintain and save threatened Australian native animals.

Every dollar helps save precious lives. Even a small contribution or just raising awareness can make a big difference.

To donate or learn more about ways you can support Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit their website.

Bequests

Many people often don’t consider the option to leave gifts to charity when drafting their Will.

However, it is an effective and generous way to support a cause that means something to you. For example, if you are passionate about conserving Australian wildlife for your children, grandchildren, and the generations to come, then leaving a bequest to the National Trust of Australia (Queensland’s Currumbin Wildlife Hospital) can help achieve that goal.

There are various ways you may wish to leave a gift to a charity in your Will, including leaving a pecuniary or specific gift, a portion of your estate, or the residue of your estate.

If you would like to include a charity in your Will, it is important to get advice from an experienced estate planning lawyer who can ensure the wording used is correct, and your wishes can be fulfilled.

Attwood Marshall Lawyers – proud supporters and a corporate partner of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to sponsor and partner with the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

In addition to joining the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital at different fundraising events throughout the year, including their annual gala dinner and world record attempt for the biggest beach parade, we also host Community Wills Days to raise vital funds for the organisation. Our estate planning lawyers donate their time to help people draft simple Wills in return for a donation which is collected by the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and goes to the charity in its entirety. We enjoy helping the community get their estate planning affairs in order and, simultaneously, supporting a charity that means a lot to us.

If you want to learn more about our estate planning services or Community Wills Days and the charities we support, contact Wills and Estates Department Manager Donna Tolley on direct line 07 5506 8241, email dtolley@attwoodmarshall.com.au or call our 24/7 phone line at any time on 1800 621 071.

You can visit our team at any of our conveniently located offices at CoolangattaRobinaKingscliffBrisbaneSydney and Melbourne.

Read more:

Attwood Marshall Lawyers are proud to support Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as we renew corporate partnership for 2022

Attwood Marshall Lawyers joins Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation for world record attempt to help save wildlife

 

 

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The contents of this article are considered accurate as at the date of publication. The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice and is of a general nature only. Readers should seek legal advice about their specific circumstances. 

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