Girl’s selfless ‘birthday wish’ for bushfire victims
RUBY Mackie is about to turn 10, but instead of a new game or bike, all she wants for her birthday is to save animals.
The passionate girl is raising funds to help volunteers caring for the millions of animals injured in the Australian bushfire crisis.
"I just love the animals, and seeing it on the news with all the fires and injured wildlife was very sad," Ruby said.
With the help of her mum, Melanie Collett, Ruby set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $500 for WIRES Wildlife Rescue.
She smashed that goal in less than a day and had raised more than $1000 by Tuesday afternoon.
"She woke up this morning very overwhelmed to see that she'd already passed her goal in under 24 hours," Ms Collett said.
"She's very happy and I'm happy for her."
The sky is the limit now for the nine-year-old animal lover, who said she wanted to raise "heaps" more funds to help as many injured animals as she could.
The University of Sydney estimates nearly half a billion animals have died in the widespread bushfires, and countless others have been injured and displaced.
As a result, wildlife carers are grateful for the donations flooding in from across the country and overseas.
WIRES NSW wrote on Twitter they were experiencing "unprecedented traffic" to their website and phone calls.
"If your enquiry is not extremely urgent we would ask you to wait a day or two before calling," it said.
To donate to Ruby's "birthday wish", click here.