Inspiring student launches project to save our injured wildlife
From a young age, Indiana Tichon has had a love for all things planet Earth. The Year 10 student at Brigidine College in Brisbane tries her best to live sustainably in many ways including recycling at home and raising ecological awareness at school.
During the 2019-20 bushfire season, Indiana like many others witnessed the worst wildlife disaster in modern history. A video shared on social media of a woman needing to use her shirt to rescue a koala prompted Indiana with the idea to develop and distribute a first aid kit specifically for wildlife, which we’re helping to make a reality through our Edstart Achievement Awards Program.
Making a DifferenceAs a motivated and caring individual, Indiana actively volunteers her time to different social justice groups such as Brigidine’s Environment Club and the St Vincent de Paul Society. Though Indiana’s biggest interest lies in her passion for animal advocacy.
For the past two years, she has been a Visionary Wildlife Warrior which is a part of Australia Zoo’s Youth Ambassador program. In this program, Indiana raises money for conservation projects and also completes monthly restoration missions. For example, she has collected rubbish in her local community and built possum boxes for her yard.
IndykitsIndykits is a non-profit organisation that makes and distributes free first aid kits to rural communities.
Inspired by first aid kits for humans and pets, the contents of the kits have been developed in conjunction with veterinarians at Australia Zoo including saline water, syringe and spray on burn gel.
The start of something greatThe $1,500 award grant from Edstart will help Indiana to launch Indykits and produce the first 400 kits for distribution mainly through local councils. The grant will also be used to build a website and to create marketing materials to raise awareness of her project.
Through Indykits, Indiana hopes to achieve improved animal welfare by equipping Australians with the proper supplies to help injured animals.