WildAid 2023 Raises Almost $100,000 To Save Wildlife​

Over 1,000 people helped raise almost $100,000 to help save wildlife at the inaugural WILD AID on Saturday 21st October at The Green Room Byron Bay.  Tex Perkins and his band, The Cruel Sea, treated us to an ecstatic performance packed with hits as headliners. Jez Mead, Loose Content, Adalita and MC Arj Barker rounded out an incredible lineup who all performed for free to raise funds.

“Wild Aid was wildly successful and a truly special night,” said Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Founder and CEO Dr Stephen Van Mil. 

“We are deeply grateful to Tex, all of the performers, Bluesfest’s Peter Noble and his hardworking team at The Green Room, and all the sponsors, supporters and patrons who made the night an extraordinary experience,” said Dr Van Mil.

“It’s incredibly heartening to know how much the public supports us, and it’s a real shot in the arm for our veterinary team’s morale.  All the funds raised help us keep our doors open to continue treating and caring for wildlife,”added Dr Van Mil.

“On the day of the event, our vet team were called to an active bushfire zone in Tyagarah, Byron Shire, by the state National Parks and Wildlife Service, showing the acute need for our expertise and service.”

The funds raised will pay for the expert treatment needed to save over 170 wildlife patients, which is significant.”

“I am humbled and in awe of how many beautiful humans I was surrounded by on Saturday night at Wild Aid,” said Tex Perkins, who is also a Wildlife Ambassador for Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

“Everything came together with a profound beauty full of heart, joy, love, laughter, humanity, community and some incredible music!” he added.

Wild Aid was held at The Green Room on the Bluesfest site, which is Byron Bay’s newest live music venue. Owner of The Green Room, Peter Noble OAM, today said: “The Green Room was pleased to be able to support Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital by hosting the benefit concert Wild Aid”.

“One of the things that became clear to us through working on Wild Aid was that many in our community are unaware that the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital receives zero funding!”

”That means that every dollar they make from any source is put toward healing injured wildlife. Anything you do, whether attending Wild Aid or donating directly, helps save our local injured wildlife from death. It is that simple, and it is that serious.

The hospital estimated it raised almost $100,000 from the fundraiser through ticket sales, donations, merchandise sales, donated food and beverage, and the proceeds from a live auction.

This means so much to us.  We are eternally grateful to our sponsors and supporters below.  See you at Wild Aid 2024!    

  • Adalita
  • Aloha Studios Byron Bay
  • Arj Barker
  • Bay FM
  • Bigg Sounds Productions
  • Biggy Pop
  • Bluesfest Group of Companies
  • Cape Byron Distillery
  • Coorabell Estate
  • Craig Parry Photography
  • Dancing Barefoot Surfboards
  • Delta Kay
  • Gold Bullion Australia
  • Gunther’s Flammkuchen
  • Fender Australia
  • Iggy Pop
  • James D Morgan Getty Images
  • Jez Mead
  • John Callanan
  • Kara Rosenlund
  • Left Bank Art Group
  • Loose Content
  • Lisa G Photography
  • Madeleine West
  • Paradise FM
  • Ray White Real Estate
  • Rob Doorey
  • Rocking Horse Studios
  • Slick Productions
  • Thread and Butter Designs
  • Tex Perkins
  • The Cruel Sea
  • The Byron Shire Echo
  • The Green Room Byron
  • Trip A Deal
  • Senoritas
  • Southern Cross Credit Union
  • Southern Cross University
  • Seven Mile Brewing Co
  • Tyson Royle
  • WIN Network
  • Winding Road Distillers
  • Zac The Coffee Man

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