Small acts of kindness - a little girl’s big mission
Not many children can say the Prime Minister of Australia has mentioned them in the Australian Parliament, but Ivanka’s efforts to raise awareness of the plight of Australia’s koalas has earned her that honour.
In an address to a joint sitting of the Parliament on 10 February 2020, with Mr Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia looking on, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke about the kindness shown by the Indonesian people during Australia’s bushfires.
These acts of kindness included over 1,200 Balinese taxi drivers from the Blue Bird Group making donations from every taxi trip booked over a two-day period. In Makassar, a group of Australian university alumni banded together to raise funds for the Red Cross.
With reference to Ivanka, the Prime Minister said that in Surabaya, a six year-old girl who wanted to help the koalas had organised a school fundraiser.
When Ivanka and her mother travelled to Australia in early January for a holiday, many areas in Australia were battling the devastating bushfires.
During a visit to Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Ivanka saw many injured koalas receiving treatment at the on-site hospital. She listened to Bindi Irwin encouraging people to donate to help save the many animals injured by the bushfires.
With these words still fresh in her young mind, as soon as Ivanka returned to her class in mid-January, she set about raising awareness of the plight of the koalas and the need for donations to keep coming in.