Every year, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital admits and treats around 500 koalas.
More than half of them are suffering with chlamydia, a disease that spreads rapidly and is often fatal if not treated.
Treating infected koalas is expensive, with Senior Vet Dr Michael Pyne telling myGC it costs around $7000 to treat an average koala.
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“It’s sad to see day after day koalas come in with advanced chlamydial disease,” he said.
“We only see the lucky ones that make it into the hospital – many of them die out in the wild from chlamydia.”
So how can you help?
On Sunday 16 May, the Gold Coast Beach Parade will be raising much needed funds for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital so they can continue to care for our local koala population.
The event at Burleigh Heads also hopes to set a world record for the greatest number of people wearing koala ear visors involved in a beach parade.
“Gold Coasters will walk from Burleigh Heads down to North Burleigh on the beach, turning and coming back. It’s single file, so you will see this amazing length of people wearing their bright pink koala ear visors,” Organiser Leanne St Geroge told myGC.
“Most importantly, we are raising money for our furry residents, the koalas, through our charity of choice, the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. Who doesn’t love saving koalas.”
Entry fees are $25 per person, $80 for a family (up to 4) and $200 for a company/sporting club/school (up to 10), which will go directly to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation to support the Gold Coast’s koala population.
The Gold Coast Beach Parade will be held on May 16 at Burleigh Heads.
For information or to register, visit goldcoastbeachparade.com.au