Fundraiser for New Building: A progress report

April 19, 2017: Update

After a few months of working at Gibsons Wildlife Rehab Centre in 2016, it became obvious to me that the Centre really needed a dedicated building from which to operate. The Centre has been run from the home and property of Irene and Clint Davy for over 30 years and by having a separate building, they would be able to finally have some privacy, whilst continuing their amazing work.

We started an online fundraising campaign in early October 2016, with a rather ambitious goal of raising $25,000.00 by the end of 2016. If our campaign was successful, we planned to buy a used commercial trailer and adapt it to our needs. We started an online fundraising campaign in early October 2016, with a rather ambitious goal of raising $25,000.00 by the end of 2016. If our campaign was successful, we planned to buy a used commercial trailer and adapt it to our needs.

We were astonished at the incredible response by our community – as weeks went by, the money donated kept rising! We were helped enormously by wonderful articles in both local newspapers, the Coast Reporter and The Local, as well as by Gibsons Copy Shop who donated posters that we displayed in many of our local businesses. By the time our campaign came to an official end in early January 2017, we had raised an amazing $34,395.00 from 163 donors – well over our initial goal!

Jane Orrom

For the past two months we have been working hard to finalize plans for a trailer, and hope to purchase it in the next few weeks. Once delivered and installed, we will still need to hook up to potable water, sewer and electricity as well as equipping the interior with cages for the birds and small mammals, kitchen appliances, counters, storage units, bathroom fixtures, etc. With the help of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, we are hoping to receive a grant from the Municipality of Sechelt towards the purchase of the trailer. We still need the donated assistance of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other able-bodied individuals to help set up the trailer, prepare the ground, build the deck, and in general put it all together. Please contact us if you can help at 604-886-4989.
For the past two months we have been working hard to finalize plans for a trailer, and hope to purchase it in the next few weeks. Once delivered and installed, we will still need to hook up to potable water, sewer and electricity as well as equipping the interior with cages for the birds and small mammals, kitchen appliances, counters, storage units, bathroom fixtures, etc.

With the help of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, we are hoping to receive a grant from the Municipality of Sechelt towards the purchase of the trailer.

We still need the donated assistance of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other able-bodied individuals to help set up the trailer, prepare the ground, build the deck, and in general put it all together. Please contact us if you can help at 604-886-4989.

Don Kernan

November 2nd, 2016: Fundraiser Update!

We, at Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, are absolutely thrilled with the incredible response to our building fund raiser campaign! With both online and offline donations now totalling $17,285, we are beginning to believe that we may not only reach our goal of $25,000, but could perhaps exceed it!

We still have two months to go until our deadline of December 31st, and should we actually exceed that once only dreamed of goal, with any extra funds we will be able to equip our new facility not only with new cages, but with kitchen, laundry and feed storage units. This will make it a truly dedicated building for the rehabilitation unit, and enable Clint and Irene Davy to make their house their home once again.

Please continue to share our campaign with your friends, neighbours and family, and let’s see if we can get our local businesses more involved!
To all of you who have already donated, a heartfelt thank you!

Jane Orrom
Campaign Manager

October 8, 2016: A Call for Help from Our Wildlife

Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a registered non-profit society that has been in existence for nearly 30 years, and is run by Clint and Irene Davy out of their own home.

raccoon-kits-2Clint and Irene take into care hundreds of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife every year, both birds and mammals, from hummingbirds to Great Blue herons, baby squirrels and raccoons to fawns. The food, medical supplies, medications, veterinary care and other essentials – which are needed to keep each creature clean and warm – are always provided. But all of these costs keep rising.

In addition, existing enclosures and aviaries are now, after all these years, in need of renovation. Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre receives absolutely no federal or provincial funding, and relies entirely on donations, so we are making a very special appeal now so that this vital care for our native wildlife on the Sunshine Coast can continue.

We need a dedicated building to house the wildlife, so that we can move the birds and mammals that come into care, from the Davy’s home into a new facility, prior to transfer into the outdoor aviaries and pens, and eventual release.

The Centre receives absolutely no federal or provincial funding, and relies entirely on donations.

peregrine-falconWe are hoping that our community will respond, and enable us to purchase a used commercial trailer that can be adapted to serve the purpose, and, in addition, allow us to equip the building with new cages to house the birds and animals that need care until they can be released back into their natural habitat.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 in order to make this dream a reality. With both online and offline donations now totalling $17,285, we are beginning to believe that we may not only reach our goal, but could perhaps exceed it!

We still have six weeks to go until our deadline of December 31st, and should we actually exceed that once only dreamed of goal, with any extra funds we will be able to equip our new facility not only with new cages, but with kitchen, laundry and feed storage units. This will make it a truly dedicated building for the rehabilitation unit, and enable Clint and Irene Davy to make their house their home once again.

All donations, large and small, will be so gratefully received, and will directly help to ensure that Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can continue in its mission to give every wild creature a second chance.

Will you answer the call? Donations can be made on our FundRazr page or using the PayPal or CanadaHelps buttons on the right side of this page.