Friday, January 10, 2020

TMNT Co-Creator Raising Funds for Australian Wildlife with Fan Auctions

The Cool Kids Club and Kevin Eastman Studios have launched a series of auctions to benefit organizations assisting wildlife rescue organizations working to save animals in the wake of the ongoing devastating bushfires in Australia. Running over the next few days, the collectible and original art offerings will be sold to benefit New South Wales-based WIRES (www.wires.org.au).


The Turtles Help Foundation auctions are being posed on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman’s Facebook as well as Cool Kids Club social media. Featured items include a signed Walkabout TMNT toy and a Original Art Auction featuring an original cover art rough for TMNT No. 94.

Bidding has been furious on a signed TMNT Walkabout toy. He is kitted out with his Boomerang, Gun and backpack. His sidekick Kid Kangie is missing BUT if Kevin Eastman Studios find him he’ll be included too. The recently added original art is fast gaining lookers and bidders too.

Auction winners are being asked to provide a screenshot of their winning bids being paid directly to WIRES — there are no bidders premiums or shipping costs. It's currently unclear about tax deduction ramifications of making donations from the USA BUT lets be clear here – the cash is needed. It is suggested that you consult with your own Tax Accountants for full details if you reside outside Australia.

Upon winning, the Cool Kids Club and Kevin Eastman Studios we will ship the auction item to the winning bidder directly wherever they live.

For more than 25 years, WIRES has worked to rescue afflicted animals. In its call for emergency funds, the organization pointed out that there are over still more than 100 fires burning in NSW, and that the group received over 20,000 calls in December alone (a 14% increase), sending volunteers to 3,300+ rescues. WIRES is a registered charity based in New South Wales, Australia. Below is a brief, detailing the current NEED for support:

In WIRES history we have never seen a concurrent series of emergencies events like those that began in November. Hundreds of fires over weeks have burnt over 4.9 million hectares (~19,000 square miles) 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 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.

To help rescue sick, injured and orphaned wildlife please support WIRES Emergency Fund.

Fans are encouraged to use #TMNT4WIRES to spread the word about these auctions and to raise awareness of how the TMNT community is coming together on this and other auctions, sales etc.


For more ways on how you can help victims of Australia’s apocalyptic wildfires, please visit the following post: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2020/01/heres-how-to-help-victims-of-australias.html

Original source: Animation Magazine.

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