Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR) is a grass-roots community group with a passion for coastal wildlife rescue and conservation.
With branches along the coastline of New South Wales and sister-groups around the country, ASRs strategic objective is to reduce the human impact on wildlife through rescue, research and education. ASR members rescue thousands of animals (including our local turtles!), talk to thousands of community groups in person and through the media, run school holiday education clinics through their Ballina rehabilitation hospital, and train hundreds of wildlife carers in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife. Volunteers also take part in a wide range of sea turtle conservation activities, including nest identification and protection, as part of ASR’s citizen science program on sea turtle nest monitoring in the Northern Rivers .
As part of the rehabilitation of these sea birds, sea snakes, and sea turtles, ASR provides medication, food, volunteer carers and supplies to nurse these animals back to health and hopefully their release day. ASR relies on support to achieve their goals, which is why Seabird Rescue is one of SCCU’s Community Goals partners for 2020, joining forces with our with our Kingscliff Financial Service Centre (FSC) to drive votes and hopefully win the customer vote.
Community Goals gives every new SCCU customer the opportunity to have their say, and cast a vote to support one of 8 Community Goals Groups, with Australian Seabird Rescue representing Kingscliff FSC. The group with the most number of votes at the end of the year will earn $5,000, second place $2,500 third place $1,500, and the remaining groups receive a minimum of $500. There’s lots of opportunity also for some friendly competition, with each FSC partnering with a local community group to raise votes and awareness about their work, purpose and aspirations.
Community and Sponsorship Specialist Cassie Nicole is a licenced volunteer with ASR, and couldn’t be more excited about the new Goals program, and the partnership with ASR saying, “Partnering with Australian Seabird Rescue is a very special opportunity for us to be able to help increase awareness of a group that makes a real difference in our local community, and to help generate much-needed funding for them. Our partnership started with the rescue and rehabilitation of a Kingscliff Sea Turtle, and the more we get to know ASR and the important work they do, the more we want to see them be able to continue it. The rehabilitation of the wildlife is expensive, and every dollar counts in providing treatment to these animals. We’re very proud to partner with ASR and help play a small part in supporting their amazing work.”
Generating the most votes through our New Customer support could mean ASR taking home the $5,000 Community Goals partnership, and that would make a world of difference to the ASR team. Every vote counts on the program.
ASR General Manager Olly Pitt shares, “Australian Seabird Rescue has been lucky enough to partner with SCCU, which has helped dramatically with funds to continue rehabilitating sick and injured, seabirds, shorebirds, sea turtles and sea snakes. It has been one of our busiest years for animal rehab so we are grateful for this help.”
To get behind Australian Seabird Rescue, and help them reach their goals, join SCCU and have your say as one of our new customers! For more information head to sccu.com.au/community/community-goals and stay tuned as we share more stories from our 2020 Community Goals.