Jan goes hairless to help save koalas

Jan Wolfe from Seil gets her hair shaved off to raise funds for a charity rescuing koalas caught up in Australia's wildfires.

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A Seil woman has raised hundreds of pounds so far to save koalas caught up in Australia’s wildfires.

Jan Wolfe had her hair shaved off to raise money on a Justgiving page that has already smashed its £500 goal, bringing in almost £800 since the end of November.

Funds made will go to WIRES, a charity run by volunteers who rescue, care for and release sick, injured and orphaned native Australian wildlife.

Jan said receiving the donations, some sent by complete strangers, has been humbling as the devastating horror keeps unfolding in Australia.

‘Thank you so much to all who have donated so far. When I started this there were just one or two bush fires and I thought they would soon get it under control but it’s so far from that now. They say 500 million animals have been burned, and it’s not just koalas but lots of different animals. How can they come back from that? It’s devastating,’ she said.

‘If I lived  there I would go and try to help but when you’re over here all you can do is send money. It sounds rather a cold thing to do but they can put the money to good use. The charity I’m supporting will help all those beautiful creatures, their care, rehabilitation and habitat,’ she said.

Jan is staying in touch with family who live in Melbourne. ‘The family’s okay for now, the fires have not hit their quarter yet but they are on alert. Everyone is anxious,’ she added.

Helping Jan in her Operation Koala Hair was Wendy Dugdale from Balvicar Stores, who took charge of the shaving shears.

One of Jan’s 44 Justgiving supporters wrote this message on her page: ‘Fantastic effort for such a worthy cause. The footage we’ve seen in the UK is truly shocking, and we hope that Australia and its wildlife make a strong recovery.’

To make a donation go to justgiving.com/fundraising/jan-wolfe