In light of the tragic events across Australia with the bushfire crisis, the teams at Élysée Collective and World Resorts of Distinction have launched Australian Spirit Soars.

Teaming up with their brilliant band of hotel, resort and lodge friends from around the world, Élysée and WRD have created an online silent auction for incredible travel experiences, raising funds for Australian Wildlife Rescue Centre, WIRES.

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Australia needs your help.

Book yourself a stunning 2020 getaway and know that you’re donating to a good cause.

 

The auction

Auction

The Australian Bushfire auction is currently LIVE via platform 32 Auctions and features incredible travel experiences from Soneva, Nihi Sumba, Bawah Reserve, Aman, Raes and more.

Destinations in the online silent auction include Byron Bay, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Fiji, and New Zealand.

Australian Spirit Soars lanched at 6pm last night (Sunday 12 January) and has already raised over USD $18,000.

Click here to check out the amazing trips available to bid on.

 

Donating to WIRES

Auction

WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia.

In WIRES history they have never seen a concurrent series of emergency events like those that began in November. Hundreds of fires over weeks have burnt over 4.9 million hectares of land in NSW alone.

Many animals were already struggling with a lack of water and food due to the drought. With the fires destroying unprecedented amounts of habitat, food shortages have increased and lack of suitable habitat will be a significant long-term challenge for surviving wildlife.

It is impossible to know how many animals have perished and it will be many months before the impact on wild populations can be better understood but ecologists at Sydney University have estimated over 800 million animals have been affected in NSW and over 1 billion animals in Australia since September.

Summer is a frantically busy time for wildlife rescue and there are still over 100 fires burning in NSW. In December alone there were over 20,000 calls to WIRES 1300 line, a 14% increase on last year, and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues.

Click here to donate via Australian Spirit Soars.