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We also wish to promote the efforts of our website designer in Canada who has turned our outdated site into an eye-friendly, clean looking site that is appealing to look at as well as learn from.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 Queensland government recently made some grant money available for wildlife rescue groups but this was for those who were located in bushfire areas (we weren't). We can't look after frogs without having a facility and the costs of running that facility (rent, elec, phone, etc.) are not covered by grants - so even if we could get a grant, it does very little to actually help us. 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!

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

Yes, to rescue but our investigative activities have been curtailed since former Qld Premier Campbell Newman closed all the vet diagnostics labs in the state except Brisbane. We can send material to one of the commercial labs but the costs are generally $300 per frog. Sadly, we don't have that kind of money coming in which is unfortunate. Several new tumours have come in over the years and we didn't have the money to have them biopsied.

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.

What about having people 'sponsor a frog'?

It is a great idea but we wouldn't want people to sponsor a frog that might not survive. Many of the frogs we receive are too badly injured, were left too long before we were notified, or have terminal conditions like cancer. Some frogs come in with an excellent chance of recovery and occasionaly some of these have been sponsored. Starting a sponsorship program would be viable if I had a volunteer here who could photograph the sponsored frogs once a week, prepare an update and send to those who were sponsoring those frogs. While it is an easy enough task, I have 20 people's work to do already and can't add any more tasks to my plate!