The shirts are technical running shirts that can be worn with pride on your next trail run race or adventure:
- Ultra-lightweight sweat-wicking dry-fit material (100-120 gsm)
- Designed for Ease of Movement whilst retaining a tapered fit and look
- Silky smooth on the inside for all-day comfort
- Flatlock stitching to eliminate chafing and increase comfort and durability
- Microbial to keep your shirt odour-free for longer
- Sublimation printing ensures the shirt design is protected even when a running vest is worn
The 2019/ 2020 bushfires across Australia have devastated over 12 million acres of bushland impacting over 1 billion of our native wildlife. These animals have suffered horrifically. Food and water sources, as well as homes and shelter, have been destroyed. Many of those that have survived have been burned and injured.
Trail runners enjoy running in the bush, through the homes of our wildlife. Inspired to help the grassroots wildlife rescuers to rehabilitate and recover impacted wildlife, Trail Runner, Shane Smedley and his daughter, Sarah Smedley, set out to design a motif on a running t-shirt to reflect the resilience of our native animals and to raise money for these organisations.
WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS ON THE SHIRT MEAN?
Starting with the instantly recognisable Kangaroo Road Sign, flames were added behind the kangaroo with the kangaroo remaining strong and visible providing a symbol of hope that our native animals will recover. The flames start in the shape of the road sign but blend into grey smoke in the shape of Australia. Our entire country is impacted by bushfires.
The motif is printed against a background of smoke. We take clean air for granted and the bushfires have driven thick and unhealthy smoke across the globe. This smoke reminds us to be thankful for what we have. In addition, we have “Helping Wildlife in Need” across the back as well as “Australian Wildlife: Care, Protect, Recover” on the sleeve. The map of Australia is on the other sleeve.
HOW WILL THE MONEY RAISED BE USED?
All profits will be distributed to the individual wildlife carer organisations in each State of Australia. Funds will be distributed based upon delivery address. (eg if you live in Victoria, funds will be directed to Wildlife Victoria etc).
Victoria: Wildlife Victoria
New South Wales: WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
Australian Capital Territory: ACT Wildlife
South Australia: Fauna Rescue SA
Queensland: Wildlife Rescue QLD
Western Australia: FAWNA
Northern Territory: Wildcare Inc
Tasmania: Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc. & Far South Wildfire Rescue and Care
These organisations provide local grassroots rescue, care and rehabilitation of the animals and their habitats in each state. They provide immediate response with members typically living in the impacted areas. The funds will be used to help care for sick and injured Australian Wildlife until they are well enough to be released and their food sources have recovered.
You can sign up for an optional newsletter that will document how funds are distributed and if possible, provide some stories of how the funds have been used. Just sign up here for that now. Don’t worry this is all this will be used for.
International order funds will be distributed equitably across all states and territories.
A massive shout of thanks to Sarah Lovison who has generously offered to her online store, Glimmer Gear Australia, to host the sales of the shirts. This has saved a substantial sum in establishing and marketing an alternate site which means more funds are available to distribute to the animals in need.
Secondly, a massive thanks to Eugene Teoh at 2ndSkin who has helped tweak the final design and offer suggestions as well as providing us with a lower than usual production run and cost set up to once again maximise what is available for our wildlife.
As well a huge thank you to Sarah Smedley for helping develop the design of the iconic kangaroo motif used on the shirt.
These are very nice shirts, well suited to trail running in the bush where we often enjoy seeing the little critters and animals and we want to continue to see them. Please support their care, recovery and rehabilitation.