Rowing For Australia - Bush Fire Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
Row either 1000 metres, 2000 metres, 5000 metres, 10000 metres, 1/2 marathon or full marathon on a rowing machine, on water or a combination of the both to win your exclusive medal and certificate.
We have been inundated with members of the rowing and sporting community asking if we can create an event whereby they can support and raise money to help with the horrific fires in Australia.
Catastrophic fires, the worst drought in history and record high temperatures are taking a tragic toll on native wildlife.
In WIRES history, they have never seen a concurrent series of emergency events like those that began in November. Hundreds of fires over weeks have burnt over 4.9 million hectares of land in NSW alone. Many animals were already struggling with a lack of water and food due to the drought. With the fires destroying unprecedented amounts of habitat, food shortages have increased and lack of suitable habitat will be a significant long-term challenge for surviving wildlife.
It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood but ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in NSW and over 1 billion animals in Australia since September.
Summer is a frantically busy time for wildlife rescue and there are still over 100 fires burning in NSW. In December alone there were over 20,000 calls to WIRES 1300 line, a 14% increase on last year, and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.
All profits (at least £5 per medal), will be donated to WIRES. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia, supporting smaller volunteer organisation in the wildlife sector with the same mission, as well as Universities, Veterinary Associations and other leading scientific and environmental groups.
Regardless of age or ability, rowing helps you to build confidence and rapidly regain fitness.
Once completed, simply complete our short submission form and we will send out your medal. Submit your result below;