Students Deliver a Boost for the Bilby

Last month was a busy one for Prep students from Albany Hills State School as they took part in the Easter Bilby Adventure Program in conjunction with the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre.

During the past few months, students have been learning about the plight of the Bilby at school, along with studying the animal and its ecosystem. As the students learnt about how endangered this endemic animal is, the Preps decided to hold a fundraiser. A free dress day was held to raise money for the Save the Bilby Fund. This fund’s aim is to save the Bilby from extinction and to help build an insurance population of 10,000 Bilbies in Australia by 2030. The Prep’s did a terrific effort and managed to raise a massive $215.60.

On Monday 29th March, students visited the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre to present a VERY BIG cheque to Peggy and Al from the Save the Bilby Fund with the proceeds from their fundraising. This money will support the breeding and releasing of captive bilbies to a sanctuary surrounded by a predator exclusion fence in Currawinya National Park with the aim of building a population of 400 free-living Bilbies. 

Al Mucci from the Save the Bilby Fund was impressed by the efforts of the young students and the Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre staff.

‘It’s great to see young Queensland students supporting a critically endangered species iconic to this state,’ said Mr. Mucci.

‘Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre teachers and staff should be proud of this initiative to help educate school communities about the plight of the Bilby. Every cent helps, and with Easter approaching, we can all make a difference like these wonderful Prep’s.’

The partnership between the BEEC and Albany Hills State School has been a long lasting one with teachers Lisa St John and Lisa Borgeaud-Moo, bringing Preps to learn about endangered species for many years. Bunyaville EEC’s Principal Debbie Ledger explained that their educational environmental programs are fun and young students love learning about the environment and endangered species.

‘Our early childhood programs that are story and drama based, provide an important medium for delivering real-life environmental messages and help empower students to advocate for endangered species,’ said Debbie.  

To learn more about the Save the Bilby fund, visit https://savethebilbyfund.com

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