A six-year-old boy has raised more than $47,000 for the animals affected by the Australian wildfires by making clay koalas.
Two weeks ago, Owen Colley, from Hingham, Massachusetts, learned that animals were being hurt by the fires in Australia, which experts estimate have killed up to one billion animals.
Shortly after, Owen expressed a desire to help, according to his mother Caitlin Colley, who told CNN that the family came up with the idea to make clay koalas in exchange for donations together.
“We could make some clay koalas and give them in response to donations from friends and family,” Caitlin said.
When asked what his goal was, Owen said: “To help the animals that have been hurt by the Australian bush fires.”
While Owen crafted the little clay animals, Caitlin and her husband Simon, who is from Australia, set up a GoFundMe where people could donate to Wildlife Rescue South Coast, a wildlife rescue group in New South Wales.
According to Owen, the plan was as simple. “People buy them, then we get the money, then we give it to Australia,” the six-year-old told Boston 25 News.
Those who donate $50 or more get a koala, which Caitlin said take Owen three to four minutes to make out of silver, white and black Sculpey clay. The koalas then bake in the oven for 17 minutes.