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Koala brothers need cash injection

Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue has struggled for five years and needs urgent financial help.
Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue has struggled for five years and needs urgent financial help. Che Chapman

SUNSHINE Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue is in critical need of a cash injection otherwise it's belly-up in two months.

Ray Chambers and his brother Murray have spent five years saving Queensland's koalas, funding their volunteer-run operation with little outside help.

"We've spent more than $100,000," Mr Chambers said.

"We've sold nearly all of our collectable cars, we've sold 12 and have got four left. It's stuff Murray and I have collected over the last 20 years. When they're gone we've run out, we have no more resources.

"I just didn't know it would be that hard five years in, so hard to get support to save an Aussie icon."

The brothers also run a mechanic business, with every cent going into their rescues. But with work running dry and koala duties their top priority, sometimes paid jobs had to wait.

In a glimmer of hope, they raised enough money to buy a new truck three weeks ago, but still need another one to carry out the rescues across Queensland.

The new truck has already clocked up more than 6000kms, including trips to Maryborough, Tinbeerwah, Gympie Maleny and Noosa in the last week.

"We need a new truck, we need help with fuel, we need sponsors all the time." Mr Chambers said.

"People overseas are more concerned about saving koalas than the Australian public. Maybe it is time to look overseas to get money."

To donate, call 0423 618 740 or 0431 300 729, or visit sckoalarescue.com.au. Donations are tax deductible.

Topics:  koalas murray chambers ray chambers sunshine coast koala wildlife rescue



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