Jirrahlinga is supported by a community based board and was founded by Mrs Tehree and Mr Hamish Gordon over forty years ago to rescue and rehabilitate injured, distressed and orphaned wildlife whilst at the same time providing a haven for disadvantaged and marginalised people of all ages to work within the Geelong region. These special needs people find peace, purpose and tranquility at Jirrahlinga.
One of the hallmarks of Jirrahlinga’s activity is its focus on collaborating and partnership. We have strong working relationships with many organisations working with the elderly, the disabled and troubled youngsters including schools, Karingal, Diversitat, St Laurence and the Police New Start program.
Many isolated elderly, marginalised people and people with special needs participate at the wildlife sanctuary, caring for our native and rescued animals. The relationships that are formed in this process are extremely beneficial as it is predicated and on a strong evidence based outcome.