Support and Accolades for Our Work

Although we do many of the things other frog conservation groups do, we are best known for our rescue/rehab activity known as the Frog Hospital. This innovative approach to learning what is involved in the regions' frog decline has yielded important information about the environment but also opened a new door for the community to be involved in helping frogs which they didn't have prior to our establishment. It has also allowed us to learn rehab techniques that might be picked up by others in other parts of the world who didn't realise the frog rehab was possible.

In doing the work we do, we have earned recognition and support from some individuals and businesses which we share with you in this section. We need a lot more support, however. Government grants will not cover the sort of work we do so all our support must come from public donations and business sponsorships. If you want to help out or you have a testimonial to provide, please let us know.

There are three parts to this section:

  • one to promote our supporters
  • one to provide testimonials from those who are very pleased with the quality of information we have provided or the ability of our long distance diagnosis service to save the frog they have or found
  • and one to display the awards our Founder has received for this work

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We also wish to promote the efforts of our website designer in Canada who has turned our outdated site into an eye-friendly, clean looking site that is appealing to look at as well as learn from. If you are looking to redo your information output outlet on the world wide web, you might want to contact Katie and throw some work in her direction!

 

 

 

 

Support FAQ:

"I don't need to make a donation - you get government support, right?"

We hear this an awful lot but the truth is we get NO support from the government. The Victorian state government recently created a grant program specifically for wildlife rescue work (and they have our congratulations!) but this attitude is certainly not reflected by Queensland government. As a group working on frog conservation specifically, we also lose out because our work is now considered "species based" work. Recent trends in government funding (i.e., Caring for Our Country, NRM Action grants, etc.) are only focussed on habitat level actions - not species conservation (with some rare exceptions). Additionally, our work is heavily reliant on disease testing (pathology) which is simply not allowed for community groups as being too "scientific". So all we have to keep us going is the support of the community.

"I thought you shut down years ago"

Also not true! After the Indonesian tsunami in Dec. 2004, donations to our group (as well as many other Australian groups) dried up completely. Other groups started to receive normal donation levels about three months later but our donations didn't bounce back for more than six months. We very quickly ran out of money and needed to stop taking in distressed frogs for care. We already had over 70 frogs in care when we went broke and we needed to still complete their care with nothing in the bank! We did a press release to let the community know we were broke and that we needed to stop taking in frogs until our financial situation changed. But that was NOT the spin the media put on the story! They said we shut down the group entirely when, really, all we did was stop our rescue activity from taking in new cases. We have never recovered from this. Even years later (in 2012), we were still running into folks regularly who commented that they thought we shut down years ago. We estimate that the media's 'mishandling' of our 2005 press release has cost us at least $140,000 in lost donations, if not significantly more than that. We have been doing it extraordinarily tough and formally changed our name at our AGM in 2012 so that we could "start all over" so to speak!

"The only stories I ever see for your group are fundraising efforts - don't you have any other news?"

We sure do but that doesn't mean the media will pick our releases up and run them. We've sent out quite a few press releases that were never run at all. Occasionally (about once every two years), the media will run a fundraising story for us but that doesn't mean the requested support materialises. For example, if we are asking for a certain amount but less than 5% of that amount actually is donated, then we are still in deep trouble and we have to try desperately to hang on until the next time the media will do another story.

Additionally, much of our work has been focussed on learning what is killing the frog population. We have continued learning new things about diseases and parasites that continue to affect frogs (and toads) but we can no longer do media stories for these events. The media will only run a disease story of ours if the local university provides comment on them. Since we do not work with the local uni, their staff have no idea what we are working on or what test results we are obtaining. They are not able to support our findings and usually end up disputing or questioning our work. Thus the message we wanted to share about a new threat to frogs is lost.

"Are you still focussed on rescue and disease investigation?"

We still have some frogs coming in (thankfully not too many because the workload of handling large numbers is immense). The main situation effecting most cases since cyclone Yasi came through has been an overwhelming amount of protozoa. Having chased pathology for over ten years, we know for sure that the only way we will ever get to the bottom of what is going wrong with the frog population is to have our own dedicated researcher. This sounds like a "David and Goliath" situation but it isn't really. If we could raise about $150,000 per year for three years, we could hire our own full-time researcher who would work exclusively for us on a variety of frog problems. (This figure is not just the person but the lab access and some testing which means this figure is absolutely rock bottom and worth every penny for the results we would get!!!) We have already sourced the person - we just need the money!

The other areas that have been lacking in our work are to open a visitor's centre and to engage in breeding activity. For either of those strategies to be implemented, we need the funding of course but we also need the right property to operate from. See our page on acreage in the How to Help Frogs section for more info.

Surely there are other ways to raise money besides public donations?"

There sure are but you need reliable manpower for that. For example, we did a big raffle some years ago that netted about $3,000 for us. It took four months to solicit and receive most of the prizes; it took two people two weeks to produce all the ticket books and distribute them, and it took about 25 people three months to sell the tickets. All up, including the donors of the prizes, it took about 40 people and over seven months to raise $3,000 which is not a great outcome for that many people and that much time. Other events such as car washes, bake sales, display stalls at events, fun runs - any of the various events that are organised to raise money - take a lot of volunteer time, heaps of forward planning, and often involve production of materials such as posters, notices, advertising or promotion, acquisition of prizes or goods, etc. Our group has always had difficulty finding enough volunteers to do all these tasks. We are approached all the time by folks wanting to volunteer, but the overwhelming majority never even show up for their first day! Without reliable folks to do all the 'behind the scenes' work involved in fundraising events, we find it difficult to schedule these things.