Get some Christmas shopping done early and support a good cause by attending the WIRES Christmas Art Fair at West Lindfield Community Hall on Saturday November 17 from 10am to 3pm. The event is being hosted by the WIRESNorth Shore Branch and will be run by volunteers. All money raised through the fundraising effort will go towards the NSW WIRES.
On sale will be a variety of hand-crafted, locally made art and craft. There will be pottery, painting, jewellery, glass textile and more. Refreshments will also be available and there is a playground for the kids next to the tea room, as well as plenty of parking and even disabled access. The event is free.
You don't have to make a purchase to support WIRES either. The organisation is currently appealing for the public donation of items like old towels, flannelette sheets, old woollen blankets, baby cotton singlets and, most importantly, metal cages. These are all required by the volunteer carers who look after injured and orphan animals WIRES is called on to rescue. If you have any of these items lying around unused, bring them along on the day.
If you're not familiar with WIRES, I can assure you it is a worthy cause. WIRES stands for Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service. The organisation was founded in 1985 after an injured ibis was found in Sydney's Hyde Park and no other organisation was able to take care of it. It responds to calls to rescue injured or orphaned animals from locals as well as the RSPCA, zoos, local councils and the police.
WIRES has over 2000 volunteers and the demand for its services is increasing every year: WIRES rescued over 14,000 animals in 1992 but by 2009 it was rescuing more than 75,000 animals in distress a year. But its service doesn't stop there: it also rehabilitates these animals. If you want to become a volunteer, you can get more information here.