The fun run, which will be held annually, featured 2km and 5km tracks through Australia Zoo at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.
10% of all our market stall sales on the day went straight to the Wildlife Hospital.
My friend Mel and I were very excited to meet Tim Dormer, the 2013 winner of Big Brother (pictured left). Tim is an amabassador for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and his passion for our native wildlife is obvious. I was really impressed with him - he's an all-round top bloke. He bought two of our pics... one for himself, and one for his grandma (naww)!
We were also thrilled to meet Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin who all came into our stall. Robert is a keen photographer and enjoyed looking at my pics, and Terri made a few generous purchases which was awesome.
It was a great morning and we're really looking forward to being involved again next year!
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital receives up to 100 wildlife emergency calls every day, with up to 30 different species admitted to the hospital daily. The cost to treat each animal ranges from $380 to $5000.
As well as 24/7 veterinary services, the Wildlife Hospital has a Rescue Unit which rescues sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife throughout south east Queensland.
Nathan and I see first-hand the excellent work carried out by the staff and volunteers at the Wildlife Hospital. Nathan is a registered wildlife carer and, since 2011, we have been volunteer carers for the Hospital, taking recovering reptiles and amphibians into our home for rehabilitation once they no longer require acute care.
With regular visits to the Wildlife Hospital vets, most of the animals we have cared for have made a successful recovery and have been released back into the wild.
The motto of the Wildlife Hospital is 'Save One, Save the Species' which, I'm certain, resonates with wildlife carers everywhere.