Here at The Australian Natural Soap Company we believe in giving back to the community. We are a small, growing business ourselves. So, we understand the importance of receiving support and encouragement from those around us. In tribute of this, we came up with a concept that allows us to do that kindness for others. That is; our Donation Soap.
With the release of our Donation Soap in late 2015 came the opportunity to raise awareness and funding for not-for-profit organizations. We chose thise that we deem to be enacters of positive change makers of the modern world. We are passionate about doing the right thing when it comes to environmental and animal welfare issues, so these are the kind of groups we had in mind to work with.
Our first partnership for this project was a small team of dedicated volunteers who run the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage in Far East Gippsland.
Wombats are one of the beautiful Australian animals that fall victim to our roads all too often. Many drivers do not pay enough attention on the roads that pass through bush land that is home to many native creatures. This can result in unfortunate deaths and injuries of our treasured wildlife.
The Goongerah Wombat Orphanage is devoted to saving the lives of the injured and orphaned wombats that survive these accidents.
Their work is endless and tiresome, but is fuelled by love and passion. The care of furry orphans from the wild entails unique methods for providing them with the food, bedding and medicine that they need in their vulnerable state of separation from the pouch.
Sometimes there are orphans so young they barely have fur, so it really is like taking in a baby!
At this age they require very regular feeding and temperature control, which means many sleepless nights and constant attention from the carers. The milk formula that sustains the little ones is about $150 per five kilos. As these orphans grow, they are introduced to oats and sweet potatoes, which become their staple diet along with munching on grass.
They start out sleeping in handmade pouches until they are old enough to begin the move outside where bales of hay are provided for the big kids and any grown ups that have been released who return now and then when times are tough.
So, what these carers have taken on is months of expensive milk formula per orphan and maybe years of oats and vegetables to fill the always hungry wombat bellies, plus bedding and vet bills when health issues arise – all out of their own pocket!
So that, friends, is why we chose to donate to the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage.
We are proud to have raised $336 through the sales of our Donation Soap in store and online. With many thanks from the GWO, and us, we hope that you will continue to support our endeavour to raise awareness and funding for those who are courageous enough to bring positive change into the world around them.