Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Fund-raising for fungi conservation

Perth and Australian Fundraiser for International Society for Fungal Conservation

By Sapphire McMullan-Fisher & Roz Hart

We had a successful fund raising day at Star Swamp on Sunday 25 May 2014. Star Swamp is a bushland area close to the coast on Quindalup dunes in the suburbs to the north of Perth. It is managed by The City of Stirling who kindly allowed us to share the use of the Henderson Environmental Centre with the Friends of Star Swamp to hold our lunch and a talk at no charge. This was very generous and allowed all the door takings to be donated to the International Society for Fungal Conservation (ISFC ).

We modified the “Orphans of Rio” graphic to have a more positive spin. Also most people don’t understand the “Rio Convention” (Convention for biological diversity) reference. One Spanish speaker was heard to say “why are they orphans of the river?” as Rio means “river”. Lots of education required!

The T-shirts sales raised money for both ISCF and the local fungi or other conservation group nominated by the purchaser. We managed to raise money for seven Australian groups. The Albany Wildflower Society is supportive of fungi conservation and has some active members who are interested in their lichens.

Fundraising summary:

Western Australian Naturalists’ Club Fungi Study Group       
Albany Wildflower Society
Queensland Mycological Society
Field Naturalists Club of Victoria–Fungi Group

Roz Hart, Russell Chambers,Yvonne Broome and Sapphire McMullan-Fisher of the WA Naturalists’ Club at Mt Lesueur, wearing their fungi T-shirts

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