Some of you may remember the national Boodie call we ran last November and December with the assistance of Australian Geographic. The appeal raised a huge amount of money, over $46,000.00, to help support out Burrowing Bettongs, or Boodies as you may call them.
Australian Geographic recently held their annual conference, celebrating all aspects of their business, including a section for best fundraiser of the year. As a small way of saying thank you, Arid Recovery offered up the prize of a position for one lucky person to take part in our annual trapping program in February 2013. Volunteer positions for this busy week are often quickly snapped up, everyone jumping at the chance to take part in the longest running trapping event of its kind, getting up close and personal with the small native mammals and reptiles of the arid zone.
The Australian Geographic Southland store, Victoria was the winner, raising the most amount of money for the Boodie call of all Australian Geographic stores across the nation. The lucky person from the Southland store to be selected for the trip was Tanya. She said the endangered Burrowing Bettong was a creature a lot of Australians had never heard of. “The customers were very interested to hear about the Burrowing Bettong, most of them had never heard of him, and the reason why we were raising money for this little guy.”
Tanya is excited to fly up to Roxby Downs and take part in the week of trapping. She is pictured below with Ian Connellan, editor of Australian Geographic magazine and trustee of the Australian Geographic Society. The flag they are holding will come to Arid Recovery with Tanya for the first time, and will be taken on scientific trips around the world.
Prize winner Tanya from the Australian Geographic Southland store, and Ian Connellan, editor of the Australian Geographic magazine and trustee for the Australian Geographic Society.