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1 million animal victims of the Victorian bushfires


It is estimated that 1 million native animals perished in the fires-some of which are still burning out of control-so this animal victim figure will rise. Domestic "pets" and farm animals also perished, together with their owners and one poignant report tells us of a dog (singed and nose burnt off) that rescuers discovered digging with the remains of his paws (just stumps) in an attempt to uncover his dead owner beneath rubble.

Sam the Koala has become the international celebrity-a face to the tragedy, but there are so many other faces that will never be seen, or their stories heard.

A report on "bushfire" animals can be seen here.

The RSPCA, Wildlife Victoria and other animal agencies are in the field saving injured and lost animals.

Two dogs survive inferno.

A group of Australian and American authors/artists have offered prizes to fundraise for the RSPCAVictoria and Wildlife Victoria.

Tickets: $3 each or 5 for $10. All amounts are in Australian Dollars. (One Australian Dollar = 65c US approx). Paypal, cheque or money order (see below prize list for full details).

The raffle was drawn on 18th May, 2009.

The following list shows all prizes and winners (by ticket colour and number). Winners and donors have been privately emailed and the prize collection process has begun.

A total of $380 was raised, with 17 people buying many tickets (some of whom donated their tickets back to the draw, while another asked not to be included in the draw) and with the generosity of the donors for various wonderful prizes, on behalf of the two charities (not to mention the furred, feathered and scaled recipients), I thank you for your support of this raffle.

To round up the money, I will divide $380 between the two charities (as specified in the raffle details), and make it $200 for each charity. I will be posting out a cheque to each charity in the next few days. A receipt can be viewed upon request.

Again, thanks so much for your kindness in participating in this fund-raiser.

Gillian Curtin

VICTORIAN BUSHFIRE RAFFLE TO AID ANIMAL VICTIMS RESULTS.

1. Email tarot reading. Winner: Orange 97
Discusses 3 questions with hints for positive, creative thoughts and actions donated by Kim Falconer.

2. Claiming the Courtesan, Untouched, Tempt the Devil. Winner: Orange 16
Signed trade paperback historical novels by Anna Campbell.

3. Greece-Gleeful Glimpses Winner: Orange 77.
E-book/CD about travelling in Greece (with some easy recipes included) by Helen Ellis.

4. Crime Time - Australians Behaving Badly. Winner: Purple 40.
Print book Young Adult anthology of true Australian crime stories from bushrangers to modern celebrity criminals by Sue Bursztynski, illustrations by Louise Prout.

5. Leaving Gaza. Winner: Orange 99.
Print book modern day story about friendship, rivalry and love, by Margaret Sutherland.

6. Father of the Man. Winner: Orange 31.
E-book (contemporary romance) by Juliette Field.

7. Mistress for the Taking. The Desert King's Pregnant Bride. Winner: Orange 85.
Print books (Harlequin Presents romance) by Annie West.

8. Wolfkin. Winner: Purple 74.
Print book (fantasy) by Elaine Corvidae.

9. Sex Me # I. Sex Me # II. Worlds Apart. Winner: Orange 54.
Print books (science fiction erotica) by Bonnie Rose Leigh.

10. Baby Gets Dressed. Winner: Orange 36.
Print board book (for babies and toddlers) by Katrina Germein and Sascha Hutchinson. (Book will be signed by Katrina Germein).

11. The Dangerous Duke. Scandal's Daughter. Winner: Orange 11.
Print books (historical romance) each signed by author Christine Wells.

12. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn. Winner: Orange 78.
First edition, hardback copy of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (US release of The Two Pearls of Wisdom), fantasy novel by Alison Goodman, signed by the author.

13. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn t-shirt (large size) and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn poster signed by the Alison Goodman. Winner: Purple 12.

14. The Bridegroom's Secret. Celebrity Wedding of the Year. The Rebel King. Print books (Mills and Boon Tender romance) by Melissa James. Winner: Purple 69.

15. Flax the Feral Fairy. Winner: Purple 21.
Paperback children's (age: 6 - 11) by Sally Odgers.

16. Under the Waterfall. O'Connor's Last Stand. Winner: Orange 90.
E-books by Sally Odgers.

17. Twenty Top Tips: The Unwritten Rules of Writing. Winner: Orange 57.
PDF format written by Sally Odgers.

18. Twenty Top Tips: The Unwritten Rules of Writing. Winner: Purple 20.
PDF format written by Sally Odgers.

19. Violet Visions. Winner: Purple 53.
Print anthology (erotica - speculative and contemporary) by eXtasy Books authors.

20. Starlight
Print book (sexy space opera) by Astrid Cooper. NB this book is yet to be released, but upon publication (April?) will be posted to the winner! Winner: Purple 18.

21. Manuscript Assessment
First 50 pages (any genre) by experienced editor. Winner: Orange 25.
(if a non-writer should win this prize, they have the option to transfer the prize to a writer friend or take another prize in lieu - an item of jewellery).

22. Lucky dip. Winner: Orange 87.
A selection of recently published fantasy novels.

23. Forbidden Nights. Winner: Orange 80.
e-book anthology (speculative, and paranormal sensual romance) by Astrid Cooper.

24. Remote energy shifting. Winner: Orange 96.
Exchange one email to discuss area wanting change and then 1 EFT daily for one week, donated by Kim Falconer.

25. Twenty designer blank greeting cards. Winner: Purple 60.
From rose/still life paintings by Jacqueline Coates.

26. Set of 6 placemats. Winner: Orange 34.
From rose/still life paintings by Jacqueline Coates.

27. Silk cushion cover. Winner: Orange 76.

28. Unframed painting print of an Oriental Cat. Winner: Purple 54.

29. Opposites Attract. A Will and a Way (by Nora Roberts) print book donated by Cathleen Ross. Winner: Orange 69.

30. Dragon charm (sterling silver). Winner: Orange 59.

31. E-mail tarot reading donated by Regan Taylor. Winner: Orange 39.

32. The Spell of Rosette. Winner: Orange 67.
Print book (fantasy) by Kim Falconer.

33. A PDF download of a Stephani Hecht erotic book. Winner: Purple 67.

34. Fantasy surprise-a hand-painted silk scarf by Edwina Harvey. (Celestial Cobbler). Winner: Orange 42.

35. Driftwood Manuscript Assessment Agency. Professional manuscript edit/assessment of a manuscript (up to 100,000 words) any genre. Assessment includes a detailed report from an industry expert.If a non-writer wins this prize, the winner can transfer the edit/assessment to a writer of their choice.
Winner: Orange 38.

36. Selection of print books by Kirsty Brooks. Winner: Orange 62.

37. Love's Revenge, Love's Portrait, A Bluestocking Christmas, Obsession, plus winner's choice of eBook format for Mirage and Dangerous. Total of six books, three category-length novellas and three single title sensual romance books by Monica Burns


Raffle closes: 30th March, winners drawn 2nd April, 2009.

    1. Email tarot reading
    Discusses 3 questions with hints for positive, creative thoughts and actions donated by Kim Falconer.

    2. Claiming the Courtesan, Untouched, Tempt the Devil
    Signed trade paperback historical novels by Anna Campbell.

    3. Greece-Gleeful Glimpses
    E-book/CD about travelling in Greece (with some easy recipes included) by Helen Ellis.

    4. Crime Time - Australians Behaving Badly
    Print book Young Adult anthology of true Australian crime stories from bushrangers to modern celebrity criminals by Sue Bursztynski, illustrations by Louise Prout.

    The Prizes: 5. Leaving Gaza
    Print book modern day story about friendship, rivalry and love, by Margaret Sutherland.

    6. Father of the Man
    E-book (contemporary romance) by Juliette Field.

    7. Mistress for the Taking. The Desert King's Pregnant Bride.
    Print books (Harlequin Presents romance) by Annie West.

    8. Wolfkin
    Print book (fantasy) by Elaine Corvidae.

    9. Sex Me # I. Sex Me # II. Worlds Apart.
    Print books (science fiction erotica) by Bonnie Rose Leigh.

    10. Baby Gets Dressed
    Print board book (for babies and toddlers) by Katrina Germein and Sascha Hutchinson. (Book will be signed by Katrina Germein).

    11. The Dangerous Duke. Scandal's Daughter.
    Print books (historical romance) each signed by author Christine Wells.

    12. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
    First edition, hardback copy of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (US release of The Two Pearls of Wisdom), fantasy novel by Alison Goodman, signed by the author.

    13. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn t-shirt (large size) and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn poster signed by the Alison Goodman.

    14. The Bridegroom's Secret. Celebrity Wedding of the Year. The Rebel King.
    Print books (Mills and Boon Tender romance) by Melissa James.

    15. Flax the Feral Fairy
    Paperback children's (age: 6 - 11) by Sally Odgers.

    16. Under the Waterfall. O'Connor's Last Stand.
    E-books by Sally Odgers.

    17. Twenty Top Tips: The Unwritten Rules of Writing.
    PDF format written by Sally Odgers.

    18. Twenty Top Tips: The Unwritten Rules of Writing.
    PDF format written by Sally Odgers.

    19. Violet Visions.
    Print anthology (erotica - speculative and contemporary) by eXtasy Books authors.

    20. Starlight
    Print book (sexy space opera) by Astrid Cooper. NB this book is yet to be released, but upon publication (April?) will be posted to the winner!

    21. Manuscript Assessment
    First 50 pages (any genre) by experienced editor.
    (if a non-writer should win this prize, they have the option to transfer the prize to a writer friend or take another prize in lieu - an item of jewellery).

    22. Lucky dip.
    A selection of recently published fantasy novels.

    23. Forbidden Nights.
    e-book anthology (speculative, and paranormal sensual romance) by Astrid Cooper.

    24. Remote energy shifting.
    Exchange one email to discuss area wanting change and then 1 EFT daily for one week, donated by Kim Falconer.

    25. Twenty designer blank greeting cards
    From rose/still life paintings by Jacqueline Coates.

    26. Set of 6 placemats
    From rose/still life paintings by Jacqueline Coates.

    27. Silk cushion cover.

    28. Unframed painting print of an Oriental Cat.

    29. Opposites Attract. A Will and a Way (by Nora Roberts) print book donated by Cathleen Ross.

    30. Dragon charm (sterling silver).

    31. E-mail tarot reading donated by Regan Taylor.

    32. The Spell of Rosette
    Print book (fantasy) by Kim Falconer.

    33. A PDF download of a Stephani Hecht erotic book

    34. Fantasy surprise-a hand-painted silk scarf by Edwina Harvey. (Celestial Cobbler)

    35. Driftwood Manuscript Assessment Agency. Professional manuscript edit/assessment of a manuscript (up to 100,000 words) any genre. Assessment includes a detailed report from an industry expert.If a non-writer wins this prize, the winner can transfer the edit/assessment to a writer of their choice.

    36. Selection of print books by Kirsty Brooks.

    37. Love's Revenge, Love's Portrait, A Bluestocking Christmas, Obsession, plus winner's choice of eBook format for Mirage and Dangerous. Total of six books, three category-length novellas and three single title sensual romance books by Monica Burns.

RAFFLE "housekeeping" and FAQ:

Tickets cost $3 each or 5 for $10. All amounts are in Australian Dollars. (One Australian Dollar = 65c US approx). Payment can be made via paypal, kopperkat@gmail.com or cheques/money orders sent to: Gillian Curtin, PO Box 514, KAPUNDA, 5373, South Australia. Please ensure that when purchasing tickets you include your contact details, email, snail mail, telephone number.

PROCCEEDS:
All proceeds will be divided between the two charities above. No administrative fees or paypal or banking fees will be taken from any money sent (Gillian will pay all such expenses). Authors will post books and "hard copy" prizes to winners at their own expense.

RECEIPTS:
Anyone participating in this raffle will have a receipt emailed to them from Gillian, and anyone may see copies of the cheques sent to the above charities at the completion of the raffle to ensure that money was sent. Any official receipts from the charities will also be available to view.

Is this raffle "endorsed" by either recipient charity?
No, but Gillian has advised both the RSPCA Victoria and Wildlife Victoria of the raffle.

As this raffle is for a non-profit organisation, no raffle licence is required.

RAFFLE WINNERS NOTIFICATION:
The raffle will run until 25th April, 2009 and prizes drawn in front of two independent witnesses on 1st May, 2009. Winners notified by email on 4th May, 2009 and winners' details posted on the website asap after this date.

STOP CYBER PRESS:
Astrid has been invited by the speculative webzine The Specusphere to write an editorial/feature on animals, fantasy fiction and the current bushfire crisis for their March issue with links to this raffle, etc. See: www.specusphere.com/joomla.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Gillian (aka Astrid Cooper) at kopperkat@gmail.com.
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STOP PRESS!

Below is a personal response just received from Wildlife Victoria in which it details some of the field work being undertaken by volunteers. Please take a moment to read it -- it is heartening to realise that the animals are receiving the best of care and that some are actually approaching humans to get food and treatment ...

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Dear Astrid

I am very sorry to respond so belatedly to your email. I do hope one of our office volunteers at Wildlife Victoria has been in touch with you since your email below, but if not I must sincerely apologise. Our server and website crashed a number of times during that terrible black week when you emailed, under the weight of a vast number of 'web hits' and emails from well-wishers and animal-lovers all over the world.

We have only just managed to recover all the emails from that terrible week and I am trying to ensure we have responded to everyone who took the trouble to think of us at that time. The response, though overwhelming, hugely lifted the spirits of some very exhausted and drained volunteers in the field!

On behalf of all our volunteers, I thank you so much for going to the trouble of organising a fundraising raffle in support of our precious wildlife caught up in these devastating fires - it is truly appreciated!.

Astrid,allow me to take this opportunity to provide you with an update from the Wildlife Victoria volunteers on fire grounds :

Currently burning fires are gradually being brought under control, thanks to milder weather, rain, and the tireless efforts of CFA firefighters. We have lost 7 of our volunteer Wildlife Shelter Centres to these devastating fires. We are doing what we can to get these shelters up and going as soon as we can.

Wildlife Victoria volunteers are scouting large areas of burnt bushland and have already rescued 100s of animals from the fire grounds. More animals are being found and saved every day, receiving emergency first aid followed by longer term treatment and care. We have brought in expert search and rescue teams from interstate to help us out with the mammoth task on the ground. We are doing what we can to relieve the suffering of burnt animals quickly, setting up triage centres for emergency treatment and doing food drops for animals we can't find or reach.

We are organising the distribution of $50,000 worth of food supplies for animals who have survived the fires but are now starving because their food source is now gone. We will review this after 6 months and add to the funds if needs are still apparent. We are supplying vets in the field with supplies they need to cover the wildlife (and some other animals), including the Kinglake vet clinic that was burnt down where we are providing support for medical supplies, veterinarian staff, and logistical support.

We are supplying temporary cages, food for the animals, medical supplies for shelters whose equipment was burnt. We are supplying fire-proof safety gear for volunteer shelter operators to wear while out on their own properties, caring for wildlife that is coming to them. We are doing all we can to ensure the volunteers and the animals have everything they need to have the best possible chance of recovery and long term survival.

We are about to undertake a comprehensive community announcement campaign to give members of the public some strategic information about assessing if wildlife is injured or unwell. We hope that this will then add more 'eyes and ears' out there helping us find some of the animals out there that still need our help in recuperation.

I can report that 'Koala Sam' is doing well, responding to treatment, and is at this stage likely to make a full recovery. Sam had many other 'family' members who came into care in Gippsland and we are supporting the team down there with medical supplies, veterinary support including supply of drugs to the local vets.

We brought out another 17 koalas from another area of burnt bush (near Colac) and taken them into care. The koalas had been burnt a week earlier, and were severely dehydrated so our rescuers got there just in time. We have had a large number of koalas found in the Taggerty area in real need of care and they are now being looked after by a licensed wildlife carer. The team in Yea is doing a great job and Andrew, the local wildlife carer is busy giving them the best possible care.

Just one koala in care costs around $400 per week (including burns creams, dressings, IV fluids, food, antibiotics and general care) and rehabilitation can take many months before the koala can be successfully released back to its natural habitat.

The recuperation and recovery of the animal victims will take many months, the recovery of their habitats, food supplies and bushland will take years.

Yourfundraising will make a real difference to our capacity to do this work and save animals' lives.

Astrid, thank you so muchfor your generosity in thinking of the animals and the volunteers affected by these fires, and also for your patience with us at this terrible time. Please don't hesitate to get in touch at any time.

Kind regards
Steve

Steve Clarke
Wildlife Victoria

 

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