Sullivan Headed Down Under for Koala Care

Monday, May 6, 2013

AV Assistant Equipment Circulation Manager, Erin Sullivan, has been accepted in to the Koala Hospital Overseas Volunteer Program in Australia in June of 2014.

What role will you play in the program?
"I will be an Overseas Volunteer at The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, Australia. I will be involved in yard and intensive care ward duties, rescues, releases and talking to the visitors that The Koala Hospital attracts."

How did you discover it and why did you choose it?
"My mom had recorded a documentary on our DVR for me to watch. It was on The Koala Hospital in Australia and I was mesmerized. I knew immediately that is what I wanted to do, so I searched the internet for more details on becoming a volunteer. The funny part about it is my mom influenced me, but she is the nervous one about the poisonous animals in Australia."

Why do you love Koalas?
"Koalas are fascinating, adorable creatures. However, they only eat certain species of eucalyptus. Due to deforestation of their homes from human urbanization and forest fires, koalas are threatened. I want to help protect these awesome animals."

What do you hope to gain from this experience?
"I will achieve my dream of going to Australia to save the koalas and gain great experience working with animals."

Sullivan is a junior Environmental Science major from Aurora, Ohio. She has been an AV employee for two years and is an active leader of Green AV, a group of dedicated volunteer students that meets at least once per month to discuss green issues, initiatives, and education for Westminster's Audio Visual department, the campus at large, and the surrounding community. On campus, she is involved with the Sustainability committee, residence life, track and field, and cross country.

For more information about Audio Visual Services, contact us by email at avstaff@westminster.edu or by email at (724) 946-7188.


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