Volunteer Week 2023

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week – 15th to 21st May with the theme – ‘The Change Makers’ and it couldn’t be more apt for the incredible volunteers both past and present who have created enormous change in the Northern Rivers for koalas and their habitat. The work of our volunteers is immeasurable, from our founding members whom, for eighteen years got up in the middle of the night to save koalas to the 240 strong army we have today, every single person is important in amplifying our cause.

We compiled a collection of videos to share an intimate exploration of the inspiring people at Friends of the Koala who have taken a stand to save koalas – past and present. Follow the development of Friends of the Koala from its fledgling start as a group of tree planters, to battles fought to save precious habitat, to the dedicated rescue, hospital and care centre staff caring for sick and injured animals. At the heart of the stories are the koalas themselves.

Rising from the Ashes

Our volunteers have huge hearts with deep compassion, who take on numerous roles within the organisation – all of which are of great importance in helping us achieve what we are here to do as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Plant and they will come
Koala Detectives – a Research and Education Story

Volunteer Week celebrations

We also have a number of celebratory activities taking place this week for our ‘vollies’, including a Koala Theme Trivia Night, The Art of Presentation with Jen, a Community Planting Day and there will also be some surprise awards throughout the week.

Volunteer call-out

As always, we can never have enough volunteers and urgently need hotline operators. If you have a smart phone; internet access at home; enjoy talking to people and would love to help us organise koalas being rescued please contact Jen: [email protected]. We are also seeking leafers to help out too and if there is another job that you would like to help out with please do get in touch.

Read more about our volunteers: