The boy was heartbroken about the number of animals who perished in the Australian bushfires and decided to help out.
As the bushfires in Australia rage on and the world is uniting behind Australia to support them in every possible way, Owen Colley, 6, has stepped up to do his bit and has already managed to accumulate $83,464 for charity.
DailyMail reports that he is from Hingham, Massachusetts, and was heartbroken after he found out about the number of animals who have perished in the Australian fires. According to recent unofficial reports, the number of dead animals is close to a billion and it is believed that some species are now extinct. Owen's mother, Catilin and father Simon helped create a GoFundMe page for Owen in order to raise money and they proposed that Owen would personally create and gift handmade clay Koalas for everyone who donates $50 and above for Australia.
She wrote on the website: "Our 6yo son, Owen, reached his initial goal of $1,000 for animals affected by the Australian bushfires and we couldn't be more proud!! But why stop there? His new goal? "$3 million" :) All donations are hugely appreciated and as a special "Thank you", donations of $50 or more will receive an Owen-made clay koala. AND they are reaaaallllly cute!! Please be sure to send your mailing address!"
She further adds: "Donations will be going to Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc who are currently building aviaries, boxes, and enclosures for displaced animals and helping individuals set up feeding stations on their properties, so animals whose homes and food sources have been destroyed have somewhere to go."
The response to their initiative has been immense and people are donating generously. The latest post that was put up on the GoFundMe page read: "WOW. Your generosity has exceeded our wildest hopes. Owen set out again with a goal of $5,000 and as his story has been shared across the country (and ocean), we have seen the absolute best in people - from those who have liked and shared to those who have donated to the NH woman who shared a picture of her dog (Owen loved that!!). Support comes in so many forms and we have been overwhelmed by it."
WOW! 6yo Owen Colley of Hingham has surpassed his goal of raising $5,000 by making these hand-crafted clay koalas. He’s now raised more than $35,000 to help the animals injured in the #AustraliaBushfires #7news— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) January 15, 2020
His new goal? $3 million!!! pic.twitter.com/EUW4Gy7kVx
She added: "As I write, Owen has raised $55,000 for animals affected by the Australian bushfires and we are committed to making 1,000 clay koalas (10 times our initial number!!). As you can imagine, we ask for your understanding in delayed delivery times. If you have donated $50 or more, there is a clay koala with your name on it, so if you haven’t provided your mailing address, please do so here: [email protected]"
"We look forward to thanking you all individually. Owen cannot believe we’ve had donations “from all fifty nifty United States” and that he’s raised enough money to feed 2,200 joeys for a month!"
The initial target of $5,000 has already been surpassed by a large distance and at the time of writing this article, the donated amount stood at $83,464. All the donations would go to Wildlife Rescue South Coast Incorporated which "is a volunteer organisation which rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured, sick or orphaned native animals. we operate in the south of NSW. We are very proud of our excellent facilities for flying foxes and raptors (birds of prey), along with our specialists in possums & gliders, macropods, birds, wombats, reptiles, etc. All of our rescuers are unpaid volunteers," as described on the page.
THIS IS AMAZING! ♥🐨 6-year old, Owen Colley, raised thousands of dollars for wildlife relief by creating one tiny koala at a time out of clay. "People buy them and then we get the money, then we give it to Australia." https://t.co/Lp7VhlgrHK— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) January 16, 2020
You can also donate to combat the Australian fires by visiting Owen's GoFundMe page here.