20 May Unsung Wildlife Carers finally recognised
“Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” Henry Ward Beecher.
This was the case with Kerry and Ross Schilling of Kerry’s Wildlife Rescue and Care in December 2019 at the height of the bushfire crisis when their much needed application for a wildlife carers grant from Brisbane City Council was rejected.
For over 30 years Kerry and Ross have cared for injured and orphaned wildlife in the greater Brisbane region and used their own funds to do so, it was a disappointment not to be financially supported in the great work they do caring for wildlife but the bushfire crisis and the devastation it unleased brought the essential role of wildlife carers to the community’s attention.
The community has rallied round with personal donations and other funding organisations like Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife stepped in with generous grants.
The media took an interest in Kerry’s activities and there have been interviews and programmes highlighting their valuable work in wildlife care. This publicity has generated not only financial support but brought in new carers who wish to look after orphaned wildlife.
After battling so long on their own it is fine that the spotlight has shone on Kerry and Ross and they are finally recognised for the great work that they have done over many years.