News

2018:

July 2018: Our computer died on July 1st. We must get a working replacement computer setup and fully functioning as soon as possible (well, urgently actually). Can you help with any of these:
* we need a valid working copy of Windows 7 Ultimate (or another Win7 version that includes XP mode)
* we are using a replacement computer at the moment which seems to have problems with the motherboard so we need to have another machine put together for us - are you a hardware collector who can put together a windows machine for us?
* our previous excellent email client doesn't work on our current temporary computer - so we are unable to access ANY of our mailboxes and there were messages which we hadn't replied to yet. Have you sent us an email and awaiting a response? Please resend it to this address: frogsafe [at] westnet [dot] com.au

Ongoing: Would Judith and Lucas please contact us????? We have received your donations (thanks so much) but we have no contact details for you and would like to send you your receipts and goodies! Thanks.

Ongoing: We need a videographer! Are you looking for an excuse to make videos for upload to the net? Are you able to get yourself to Mission Beach? We want to start documenting cases we receive and how they can be recovered. We don't have the equipment however. If you are interested to help us make a series of short vids for Vimeo, please contact us soonest!June 5th: It is chytrid season in the Far North. If you live on the Tablelands or close to a creekline that comes off the Tablelands, please keep an eye out for any frogs (or toads) that are found soaking in water during the day. If you don't have a water body close by, watch for frogs sitting on the ground in a 'withdrawn' type of posture (as if trying to curl up). Use gloves on your hands to pick them up, put them into an ice cream container with airholes, and bring them indoors to the warmest spot in the house. Then give us a ring on (07) 4088-6572 to arrange transfer.

May 5th: Thanks to Live Life Pharmacy at Mission Beach for including our group in their token program during April. We earned $200 based on customer preferences so thank you customers!

April 28th: We have a lot more sick frogs coming in than normal for this time of year and the costs of looking after these extra animals needs to be covered (of course). We tried having a garage sale today to sell off some things and it was well advertised - but we had NO customers! What a disappointment. The stuff is still for sale and we have a long list we can email out to any interested people. There's a pile of dvd's and books (most are new) and some bigger items including the entire Treasures of the Earth collection; a hardwood coffee table (unique); an entire collection of very unsual frog statutes that was gifted to us as part of an estate; lots of plants including some edibles and good security plants; a power converter (step-down transformer: 110v - 240v); an orginal oil painting of cherry blossoms by extremely talented painter Michele Castley-Wright; a half-roll (15m) of parrot wire plus smaller pieces at least 1.2m in size. If you are in FNQ and want to see the list, send us an email. Smaller items can be delivered to the Cairns - Mission corridor or picked up by arrangement from Garners Beach.

April 21st: Thank you to the person who put a $50 note in our donation box at the Bat Festival in Cairns. I was busy with meetings at the event so I'm sorry I wasn't there to chat with you but finding your note in the box when we opened it made my day! Cheers!

March 28th: Thanks to Grill'd in Cairns for saving us your very handy-sized buckets. Much appreciated.

March 22nd: Buckets to the rescue. The Hair Strand at Mission Beach was concerned that we weren't getting much response to our callout for food grade buckets (to collect rainwater for tadpoles) that they bought us some. Thanks Trudy!

March 21st: Thanks to the Cairns Post and the Innisfail Advocate for running our story on needing to sell off stuff to recover the costs of replacing our former OLD vehicle. We're trying to organise a garage sale on April 7th but it will only go ahead if we have volunteers to help me run it.

March 19th: A dinner for our benefit and we didn't even know it! Thanks to the friends of Teneille in Trinity Beach who just raised a tidy sum for us. Thanks for thinking of us!

March 14th: Thanks to Innisfail Lioness Club for your $200 donation! Best regards for your projects!

March 8th: Stuff for sale
Most of these are the President's items but their sale will still help the frog hospital. Smaller items can be delivered to Cairns, Tablelands or Mission area addresses but larger items will need to be picked up from Garners Beach.
* an eclectic and unique collection of 50+ frog statues and handmade frogdolls amassed by an avid collector - $400 for the entire collection
* Treasures of the Earth geological collection - great for the young geologist to further their knowledge - $500
* hardwood coffee table: 30cm tall; 1.2m square; kwila legs - very strong! - $400
*equatorial mount telescope with asst lenses: 4-1/2 inch lens; great first scope for interested kids - $190
*small fruit trees in big pots: cocao, olive, 5-corner, coffee, etc. - from $5 to $80
*other plants: hoya, succulents (great for security!), aloe, 5 spice, pineapples, etc.
* comedy dvd's and non-fiction books
Email for photos/more details or ring us to make an appt to view the items - sales are cash only.

 

Feb 28th: Thanks to Telequip in Cairns for renewing your sponsorship!

Feb 27th: A kind supporter has started their own crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for us. You can donate through their Go Fund Me campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/552huqo) or you can save the fees by donating directly. See our donations page.

Feb 20th: Hatching failures! We have noticed a lot of them so far in our tadpole rescue activities in the Mission Beach area. What has been your experience so far this summer with tadpoles in your ponds? Are you tads active and healthy or have you seen any bent tails, mass die-offs or hatching failures? Please let us know.

Feb. 7th: Thanks Channel Seven News for running our story last week about having to replace the group's car. We received 6 donations, mostly from people who saw Seven News, but we are still way short on covering the cost of the car.

Jan 24th: The 'new' frog-mobile is here. We picked it up and drove it back the three hour's drive in the rain. What would be really fantastic is if a signwriter company would donate the frog graphic we'd like to put on it to make it distinctive!

Jan 23rd: We knew it would come eventually but the time is now here. We have had to replace our ailing 18 year old car and this is an expense we really can't afford. After the car is paid for, we will only have enough money left to cover only 3 or 4 months operations.

Jan: We need some recyclables - old bath towels, larger Voss water bottles, rectangular ice cream containers, food-grade plastic buckets, and BPA-free 5L water bottles. Please email or ring us if you have some of these items for us.

Jan 4th: Thank you! to Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in Julatten for your new year donation. Warmly appreciated.

2017:

Dec 24th: Thanks Heidi and Layla for your Christmas donation for our froggies in care! Happy holidays to you!

Dec 17th: Yes, we will be operating right through the holidays so if you find a sick or injured frog, please ring us.

Dec 11th: A lady named Carole lived in Edmonton and had the most eclectic collection of frog ornaments, statues and hand made dolls you've ever seen - but sadly she passed away recently. Her husband David has donated her froggy collection to us. There might be a few pieces we could sell to raise money but we are seriously hoping that 2018 is the year we finally get to open a small visitor's centre. Carole's collection would look fantastic on display. Thanks David and good luck with your new life on the Sunshine Coast.

Nov 29th: There's an article about us in the current issue of Green Space Our Place volunteer's magazine. Have a read at: https://issuu.com/cairnsregionalcouncil/docs/volunteers_voice_-_issue_17_-_dec_2 The article is on page 15.

Nov 25th: Our application for SecurePay services is now up and running! If you would like to donate to our work, you can use a credit card from anywhere in the world! See our donate page for the details and the link to our page in SecurePay.

Nov 10th: Thanks Bill at Mission Beach mowers for solving our whipper snipper troubles. Bill has donated a lovely machine that is battery operated (no fumes or messy petrol spilling everywhere). This allows us to keep the road edges trimmed so that council won't come along and herbicide it!

Nov 8th: We've drawn our raffle for the lovely frog tapestry. Congratulations to Joy M. of Gordonvale who bought her ticket (#077) from Savannah's coffee shop/florist in Gordonvale. Thanks to all our sellers and to those who bought tickets and of course to Riverstone Stitches in Cairns for creating this lovely item.
We need to get straight onto our next fundraiser to keep up with our bills. Travel packages to FNQ destinations would be great for the summer school holidays. If you are a hotel, restaurant or tour operator who would like to donate something to us for a raffle, please contact us soon! Thanks.

Oct 4th: Two more recovered frogs released, this time in the Innisfail area.

Sept 27th: The staff at QML Cairns 'passed the hat' around the office yesterday and raised over $200 for our frog work. What a fantastic result! This money will go towards lab tests that we have ordered to learn more about the awful problems affecting local frogs. Thanks QML!!

Sept 18th: The weather is improving so it is time to start releasing recovered frogs that we have been holding while waiting for better conditions. We released four recovered frogs in Cairns today. More to follow in other areas.

Sept 3rd: Thanks to the Davidson clan for their combined family effort to donate $100 to us! It is so very needed and appreciated.

Aug 14th: Busy season has started! We are rapidly running out of tanks to put incoming cases in. If you have one of those clear plastic pet tanks with the snap on lids, please consider donating it to us. Animal care costs will also increase from now to the start of the next wet season. Your donation would help us keep our doors open so that we can assist these unfortunate animals. You don't have to be local to donate - you can be anywhere in the world! (see here)

Aug 8th: A personal message from our President: I am looking for two birds that are mature and unwanted. I need a galah to replace the older one I very sadly had to have put down last week. My male galah is not at all happy and needs a new galah companion, male or female. I also have a mature Eastern long-billed corella who would also like a long-bill companion. Female would definitely be better but even a male would be okay. Both birds must be used to handling and be healthy (definitely no mite problems)! If you know somebody who is looking to rehome a galah or a long-bill, please call our President on (07) 4088-6572. Thanks.

Aug 4th: Thanks to the Bendigo CCE progam for another donation of $315! Did you know that when you take out a new account or loan with Bendigo, you can choose us to receive a benefit under their profit sharing CCE program?

July 16th: Are you a reptile keeper in FNQ? Has your woodie breeding taken off while your reptiles were sleeping away the winter? We need your spare woodies. If you would like to donate some, that would be so helpful or we can buy them. We just NEED them and they are not available in bulk from the Brisbane supplier.

July 14th: What a great fundraiser! The Cairns Community Kitchen held a fundraising dinner for us at the German Club which was a rousing success. More than 75 people turned up and over $700. was raised. Marvellous considering many environmental people were across town at the Premier's town hall meeting. Thanks so much to the volunteers at the Community Kitchen for thinking of us and doing such a wonderful job to raise some very needed cash!

June 20th: We have a dropoff point in Mission Beach for anyone who finds a sick or injured frog. It is the Mission Beach Business and Tourism Centre (the info centre) next to C4. Dropoffs can be made during the centres hours which are Mon to Sat 9a to 5p and Sun 10a to 2pm. You can also drop off to Tropical Vets in Wongaling Beach but they are only open on Mon and Fridays; Tropical Vets in Tully can also receive frogs for us and they are open Mon to Friday.

June 19th: Thanks for Small World Journeys in Cairns for your donation! It is desperately needed.

May: We've just received the proceeds of a fundraiser run by the students at Freshwater State School and we must say the students have done a fantastic job raising over $500! Thanks so much to the school for helping us at such a difficult time.

April 24th: Are you a business in the Mission Beach area? There are many ways you can be involved in our work without even leaving your shop/cafe. You might have food-grade plastic buckets or other contaniers you normally throw out that we can use; you might want to have some of our fliers or a donation box on your counter; or you might be able to source something we need at cost. Give us a ring to say hello and tell us about your business. We also have a sponsorship program you might be interested in - see the Sponsors and Accolades section of our site for more info!

April 19th: We have relocated all our stuff to the Mission Beach area and are now unpacking and setting up. Our new number is (07) 4088-6572 and you can reach us on that number between 9am and 9pm daily.

March 5th: We have just won an award from the Australian Wildlife Preservation Society! It is the Community Wildlife Award for 2016. As soon as we finish relocating, we'll add a photo of the statue and certificate they sent us to our Accolades section.

Feb: Telequip has renewed their sponsorship for 2017 - thanks, Telequip!

Jan: Lovely news - Thala Beach Nature Reserve has just renewed their sponsorship for 2017. Thanks Thala!

Jan: Get your copy of the summer issue of Austalian Wildlife (WPS of A) - there's an article in there about us!

Jan: The new year has started and we hope for some big changes this year. A new location would be brilliant. See our page "we need acreage" in the Helping frogs section.

Jan: Food grade plastic buckets and containers over 5 litres capacity - we need them so don't throw them out! Please donate them to us.

 

2016:

Dec: We need those clear plastic pet tanks that the pet shops and discounters sell. We used to have a source for them when the Warehouse still existed but now all there is are the grossly overpriced smaller ones in pet shops which we can't afford. If you bought a pet tank that is sitting in the garage, please donate it to us? We can also use those large glass bottles (with lids) that cranberry juice comes in.

Dec: Our grant application to the Reef Casino Community Benefit Fund for a generator was successful. We will soon be "power secure" during the upcoming cyclone season.

Dec: Yes, we are available to assist through the Christmas / New Year holidays. If you find a sick or injured frog, please call us as per normal. Our Curator seriously needs some time off but this will only be taken on days when the vet clinics are open. Phone our normal landline number for the best location to drop off frogs.

Oct: Congratulations to all our raffle prize winners! We allowed winners to choose which prize they wanted when they arrived to pick up their prize and everybody was pleased with getting something they wanted!

Oct: Hi there to the folks at Cazalys sports club and the Wens night trivia players. We were selected as their favoured charity for the 3rd quarter profits from trivia nights in July/Aug/Sept. What a lovely gesture - we received a cheque for a very needed $2,067. Thanks also to the trvia players from the Parks Retirement Village as it was their nomination of Frog Safe that got us listed.

Sept: Did you see the article about our President in QWeekend Magazine? Check for it in the Sept 3rd issue of the Courier Mail.

Sept: Say hi to our newest Olympian sponsor - Cairns Paintball

Aug: Did you know that when you hire a wheelchair from Smithfield Centre shops, we are on the receiving end of those coins? Smithfield Centre chooses a local charity each year and donates all the wheelchair hire proceeds to them and this financial year, we're the charity! Good on'ya Smithfield Centre!