In February 2020, Marnie began a journey across Australia visiting many wildlife sanctuaries. Taking inspiring images and producing photographic prints to raise funds for some of the countries precious wildlife carers. Whilst travelling may be paused for now, Marnie's dedication continues and she will return to this project in the future.
You can purchase Marnie's beautiful prints for Wildlife here.
"Inspired by a request to buy a large print of Waldo the orphaned joey that graced the cover of the Country Style magazine Spirit of the Bush issue in February, I launched a personal project that will see me travel across the country and raise funds for some of our precious wildlife carers. These dedicated individuals give so much to our native animals, and I want to support them. The concept is simple - visit wildlife sanctuaries when I have time in between shoots, take a portrait of one animal in care, and 100% of profits from each sale of that fine art print will go directly back to that wildlife sanctuary.
Many of these small wildlife shelters are not registered charities (mostly due to a lack of time and resources required to attain charitable status), so I will donate the funds via a local, independent charity. Most of the carers are completely self-funded or rely on occasional donations. Covid-19 has also had a negative impact on any fundraising that the shelters normally do, with events like sausage sizzles cancelled. Some sanctuaries have sent volunteers home during the Covid-19 pandemic, so have an even bigger burden looking after their animals than usual.
Birdy Num Nums the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo made the mistake of walking through a back door in Western Australia and then spent the next 10 years in a cage before travelling across the Nullabor to finally be taken into care in Victoria; Candy the Eastern Grey kangaroo was orphaned on a notorious stretch of road in Trentham; and ZacDan the flying fox was found icy cold and unresponsive on a cold and wet morning next to his dead mum, who had crashed into a parked car after trying to leave a very low bunch of flowers on a huge tree.
This is a long-term project and I will continue to add to the print shop as I travel around Australia and visit different sanctuaries."