When Peter Pridhorsky was growing up, he had the opportunity to travel to Australia. He loved watching Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality “The Crocodile Hunter,” and grew an …
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When Peter Pridhorsky was growing up, he had the opportunity to travel to Australia. He loved watching Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality “The Crocodile Hunter,” and grew an appreciation for Australian wildlife.
Once Pridhorsky saw how severe bush fires are in Australia, he felt like he had to do something, so he came up with a charity idea — tattoos for a cause.
For one day, Jan. 16, Pridhorsky put his idea into motion at True Blue Tattoo in Lakewood by offering residents koala tattoos. The tattoos were $60, but all of the money was donated to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service — an agency headquartered in Sydney, Australia that aims to reduce the likelihood and consequences of fires that occur. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has been fighting the fires in Australia.
“Once I realized how big of a problem (the Australia fires are), it really got to me. I thought about how as a (tattoo artist), we have the option to get people who wouldn't necessarily donate to donate a little bit to have all of that add up to be something,” said Pridhorsky, a tattoo artist at True Blue Tattoo.
According to BBC News, 28 people have died from the fires and around 15.6 million acres of bush, forest and parks in Australia have been burned. There are still more than 100 fires burning in Australia, BBC News reported. NBC News says over 1 billion animals have been killed from the fires. An estimated 30,000 koalas have been killed or injured from the fires, NBC News reported.
“We've all been hearing about how awful it is (in Australia). When I heard (True Blue Tattoo) was doing this, I thought was pretty cool, and it was a good way to donate,” said Kendra Gertje, a Littleton resident who got a koala tattoo on her ankle.
Along with the koala tattoo, True Blue Tattoo offered to tattoo residents with an aboriginal rock carving of a lizard. The tattoo parlor estimates that it raised around $2,000.
“(Australia) needs the most help right now. From here, there's nothing we can do, but we can try to help (the new South Wales Rural Fire Service) with supplies or whatever this money can be used for,” said Russ Pearson, the owner of True Blue Tattoo.
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