Press Release

AWC and Optus say ‘yes’ to protecting Sugar Gliders this Christmas

16 Nov. 2021

Optus is bringing a new optimistic story to Australians this festive season – showing the great things that can happen from saying yes.

The new film follows an endangered Australian Sugar Glider, risking life and tail, for an ambitious surprise for their partner for Christmas. At the conclusion of the film, we see what our glider has gone to all this effort for – a pair of bassinets for their expectant partner.  We then reverse back to the moment of ‘yes’ that inspired these ambitious events – pinpointing the moment where our glider decided to turn their optimism into action.

 

 

With declining populations of the Sugar Glider, Krefft’s Glider and Savanna Glider, Optus is using the festive season to raise much-needed funds for their cause.  Threatened by bushfires, and with limited public awareness of their plight, Optus has partnered with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) to raise in excess of $50,000.

The contribution will help the AWC deliver fire management across 100,000 hectares of natural habitat; remove feral herbivores to help create safe refuges for the gliders; and support the AWC’s scientific monitoring programme to ensure key threats to their survival are controlled.

 

Optus has partnered with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) to raise in excess of $50,000 to protect the species and raise awareness of their plight. AWC
Optus has partnered with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) to raise in excess of $50,000 to protect the species and raise awareness of their plight.

 

Tim Allard, Australian Wildlife Conservancy Chief Executive said: “Most Aussies know about wombats, koalas and quokkas – but there is little knowledge of this flying marsupial. The discovery that the Sugar Glider is not one, but three species, raises the alarm that there may be far fewer than previously thought and that the population may have declined by as much as 35% over the last 30 years.

“AWC is taking practical and effective action like fire management and feral animal control to address the key threats to the glider’s survival and restore their populations. This partnership with Optus will help teach Australians about the incredible diversity our country holds; and the funds will help us protect these threatened animals now and into the future.”

 

To protect the species, AWC is taking practical and effective action like fire management and feral animal control. AWC
To protect the species, AWC is taking practical and effective action like fire management and feral animal control.

 

Mel Hopkins, Optus’ VP of Marketing said: “Optus wants to play a part in affecting real change for the future of Australia, as we continue our journey to becoming Australia’s most loved everyday brand with lasting customer relationships. We’ve been part of Australia’s social fabric for 30 years, so it was important that a native species was front and centre of our campaign.  We are encouraging Australians to fall in love with these wonderful creatures and join us in saving them in the most generous time of year – now that’s optimism in action.”

The Optus Christmas campaign will launch on Sunday 14 November 2021 with television spots, social content, online games and OOH connecting everyday Australians to the plight of this unique – and adorable – animal.

Members of the public can also support our native gliders this Christmas by donating, here.

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