There’s nothing more precious than children, and this story proves it! One little six-year-old boy decided he wanted to help the animals hurt by the Australian fires. So, he started making clay koalas and gifts them for a $50 donation to the wildfire cause. Now, he’s raised over $250,000!
Making Clay Koalas For Australian Fires
Six-year-old Owen Colley lives with his parents in Hingham, Massachusetts. After he learned about the massive wildfires devastating Australia, the little boy desperately wished to help. According to his mother, Caitlin, Owen felt “very upset” to learn that animals suffered in these fires. Like so many of us, he wanted the first to stop so the animals could live safely.
“It was really the first time Owen had made a wish for something other than Lego or something other than himself,” Mrs. Colley said. So, along with his parents, Owen came up with a plan to raise money and help those in Australia: they would make and sell clay koalas!
The six-year-old and his mother loved the idea of making clay koalas, selling them to family and friends, and then sending the funds they raised to Wildlife Rescue South Coast, a wildlife rescue group in New South Wales. They Colleys decided they would send a clay koala to each person who donated $50 or more. However, when they posted an Instagram post advertising the clay koalas, the Colleys had no idea how far it would spread…
An Instagram Post Gone Viral
When the first donation came in, Owen and his mother could not believe their eyes: someone had donated $1,000 to Wildlife Rescue South Coast for a clay koala! After Mrs. Colley shared the first donation, more donors started coming in fast! So, they created a GoFundMe to handle the requests. So far, the family has raised over $250,000 in just a few days! According to Owen, he has created and delivered over 50 clay koalas as of this writing. The donations come in from every possible U.S. state and range from $5 and up to $100. Although the six-year-old has trouble understanding the massive amount he’s earned, Colley’s parents it to him in a simple way: every $25 helps feed a young joey (baby kangaroo).
The young boy feels exceptionally proud of this achievement, as he also shares a special connection to Australia. You see, his father Simon grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, and Owen lived there for a few months when he was a toddler. Owen has wanted to go back and visit for years. Unfortunately, he may need to wait quite some time, as much of Australia will need time to grow back.
“Anyone Can Make A Difference”
Young Owen loves animals and wants others to learn about them – and the dangers they currently face in Australia. The boy is also creative and talented, so making the clay koalas became the perfect way to accomplish his goals. It takes Owen just a few minutes to make each koala, and he says creating the koalas head is his favorite part. Then he adds white clay to make the animal’s fluffy ears and finishes off the rest of the body.
The six-year-old boy summed it his ideas: “Anyone can make a difference, and when we come together we can make an even bigger difference. I just love the idea that maybe other kids can take this to their communities and sell little clay koalas locally and raise money for this great cause.”