Clay Koala Fundraiser Hits $150k


(Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio)

HINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Colley family are about the get extremely busy making tiny clay koalas.

After their 6 year old son Owen designed the figurines last week, Simon and Caitlin Colley decided to set up a GoFundMe account and send a clay koala to anyone who donated $50 or more to the Wildlife Rescue South Coast Inc.

The organization helps build enclosures for animals displaced by the ongoing devastating wildfires in Australia.

The Colley family's initial goal of $1,000 was reached within 24 hours. By day two, they had hit $5,000 in donations from what Owen called "all fifty nifty United States."

It only took five days for the account to reach $150,000 from 2,500 donors. That's an average donation of $60 per donation.

Simon and Caitlin Colley, have posted an update saying they are finalizing "the logistics surrounding supplies, shipping, and production," letting donors know that they appreciate their patience as the backlog of orders begins to pile up.

"As you can imagine," the Colley's wrote, "we have been busy recruiting family and friends for koala-making parties."

If you'd like to donate to the Colley's GoFundMe account click here.

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