Holiday program benefits our local wildlife

NORTHGATE Shopping Centre’s school holiday program has raised more than $2,300 for Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

The program, which ran from 5 to 9 and 12 to 16 July at the former Dick Smith site, saw the “Northgate Wildlife Garden” host a range of community activities.

The program’s fundraising effort was largely thanks to the “Bonorong tree” which sold 550 leaves for two dollars each.

Those who purchased leaves will be able to see their names on display at the centre for the next few weeks.

Bonorong director Greg Irons said he was thrilled with the program’s results.

“We love getting out into the community and teaching people about our wonderful wildlife in fun and exciting ways and we were thrilled to partner with Northgate Shopping Centre these school holidays to do just that,” he said.

“Thanks to all the kids (and kids at heart) who stopped by for a chat, to participate in a game, take a spin of our prize wheel or just to see what was going on.

“An extra thank you to those who added leaves to our donation tree – the amount raised was well beyond our expectations and will go towards the building of Tasmania’s first wildlife hospital.”

During the program the Wildlife Garden displayed animals from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Children were given the opportunity to match the scat and footprint ID with native wildlife and Bonorong rangers educated the community about what they could do to help native animals in their own backyard.

Northgate Shopping Centre chose to support Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to acknowledge the integral role the organisation plays with animal rescue within Tasmania.

Bonorong runs the largest 24-hour rescue service in the state through the support of volunteers who give up their time to assist injured and orphaned wildlife.

Caption: Northgate Shopping Centre Wildlife Garden balloon artist and face painter Kiarna with one of her happy customers, Tylah.

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