CANDLES WITH A CAUSE
WHY DO WE SUPPORT A CAUSE?
It's no secret that we here at Pink Koala Candle Co. love animals. It was one of the inspiring factors in our decision to name our company Pink Koala. So when we were presented with the idea of using our company to support rescue foundations for animals, we jumped with joy.
HOW DID WE CHOOSE WHO WE DONATE TO?
Surprisingly, we chose 'Pink Koala' as our company name long before we even knew we wanted to get involved in charity. It was actually our Co-Founder Kaylee's spouse who came up with the idea to donate money to the koalas affected by the wildfires in Australia. We loved the idea and went for it. We discovered how devastating the 2019- 2020 bush fires were for Australia, and how much they impacted the wild koala population. After hours and hours of research, we chose Australian Koala Foundation.
WHAT IS AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION?
Australian Koala Foundation is the international organization whose prime focus and aim is the long-term conservation and effective management of the wild koala in Australia. During the 2019-2020 season for Australian bush fires, 46 million acres of land were burned. 33,000 koalas perished and more than 30 percent of the koala's habitat was destroyed. We chose to support AKF based on their mission statement and relief efforts with koala conservation. Australian Koala Foundation is non- government funded, politically neutral, foundation dedicated to the retention and effective management of suitable habitat for koalas in the wild. Since start-up in 1986, the Australian Koala Foundation has grown from a small group of researchers to a well-known organization with a strong track record in scientific koala research, conservation, and public education. The AKF is completely self funded, taking no support from government, allowing AKF to maintain a completely free voice in regards to koala protection. The AKF estimates that koalas are "functionally extinct" , meaning that koalas no longer play the major role in the ecosystem that they once did. It is estimated that approximately 43,000- 80,000 koalas remain today.These declining numbers are due to effects of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, bush fires, and accidents. The Australian Koala Foundation is campaigning for a Federal Koala Protection Act which will focus on the protection of Koala and their habitats they live in.