Wildcare is deeply appreciative of the very generous donation from children of South Australia through the South Australian Primary Schools’ Music Festival, to the Wildcare Saffire Devil Fund.

Children at the South Australian Primary Schools’ Music Festival sing ‘Devil Run Wild’

Our CEO, Sharon Smith, recently visited the site of the cutting edge Tasmanian devil immunisation research that takes place at the Menzies Centre and that the Wildcare Saffire Devil Fund supports. It is an impressive facility and body of work with some encouraging results being achieved. Donations are the back bone of continuation of this important work. The South Australian Primary Schools’ Music Festival is a choral program that reaches over 300 public schools throughout the state, involving 13,000 students and a total audience of around 30,000. Their program has been a prominent part of South Australian life and stands as an official State Icon as an integral part of the South Australian music and educational landscape.

South Australian Primary Schools’ Music Festival Mascot Trevor singing with the Choir

This year they sang a work written by Australian composer, Paul Jarman, called Devil Run Wild. The song was written to inspire support for the Tasmanian devil, and Paul worked with Tasmanian academics and the media to highlight awareness of the impact of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease. In order to support this worthy cause, the Festival organisers decided to sell Tasmanian Devil stuffed toys with a view to donating all profits received – half each to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the Wildcare Saffire Devil Fund.

Thanks to the primary school children of South Australia, they were able to donate $1,000 to each organisation to help with virtual fencing and vaccine research.