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The Hepburn Wildlife Shelter is calling for reliable and caring volunteers from across the shire to help out with general duties at the shelter. New volunteers are trained to perform a variety of important tasks, from rescuing and feeding injured wildlife, to fund-raising and promoting the shelter. New volunteers begin with short 2hr shadow shifts and light duties, working under the guidance of experienced volunteers as they do their daily rounds.


There's a huge variety of indoor/outdoor, administration & outreach jobs:

  • Washing & drying laundry
  • Feeding native animals & birds
  • Preparing milk bottles for infant mammals
  • Sweeping & disinfecting floors
  • Cleaning enclosures, pens & cages
  • Rescuing injured & displaced animals
  • Collecting & distributing donation tins
  • Fundraising activities, promotions & stall management

To arrange for an introductory volunteer shadow shift, please phone Jason Beks on mobile: 0401 540 546.


HWS Supporters

Many people do not have time to perform regular volunteer shifts at the shelter, but there are still many ways you can help:

  • Become a member of the Hepburn Wildlife Shelter. Your small annual membership fee will help the shelter become a self-sufficient entity well into the next decade. Members receive biannual newsletters and discounts on HWS stall items. Membership launch: Sunday 7th February 2010.
  • Read the request for junk stall items (below) and forward it to your friends, family and colleagues.
  • Visit the HWS Sunday Market Junk Stall. Buy something, or bring some unwanted goods along to donate.
  • Volunteer at the HWS Sunday Market Junk Stall. Bring a mate along, sit in the shade of our covered marquee, mind the donation tin and help move items through the stall. No experience necessary, just a friendly disposition and a courteous manner. Shifts are in short 2 hr blocks: 9am-11am or 11am-1pm. Email jbeks@hotmail.com if interested.
  • Get involved at the committee level. The HWS Fundraising Committee meets informally every Monday fortnight in central Daylesford to review current fundraising projects and to explore new opportunities. Please come along and join our think-tank. For location details & dates, text or call mob: 0401 540 546

Request for junk stall items

Dear Friends

The Hepburn Wildlife Shelter is in desperate need of a fire bunker to protect native animals from bushfires this summer. If a fire swept through the area this fire season, the 100+ animals (and possibly the two human carers) would perish.

Over the next few weeks, HWS volunteers will attempt to raise $10,000 to commence excavating work for the bunker.

To help raise funds for this important project, we are asking all of our friends, families and colleagues to donate 10 unwanted (but functional) household items to our Sunday Market Junk Stall. We're seeking an assortment of quality items: toys, books, records, cds, ornaments, novelties, games, clothing, sports equipment, tools, old gifts (sorry - we cannot accept very large items such as furniture or electrical goods).

It's this easy:
Step 1: Do a little spring cleaning & find 10 items that are in good nick, that still hold their value, that you no longer need. Get your friends, kids & neighbours involved - the more the better. Forward this email to every friend in your contact list.
Step 2: Place your unwanted items in a box & give us a call or email. We'll send a friendly volunteer around to collect them asap (goods collection: ph 0401 540 546 or email: jbeks@hotmail.com).

Please act and help, before bushfires threaten our precious shelter again.