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Over $14,000 raised to send low decile students on Zoofari

Zoo News - Posted 4 June 2015

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More than a thousand students from low decile Waikato schools will be heading to Hamilton Zoo for free following a successful fundraising campaign.

Over $14,000 has been raised through The Warehouse Zoofari ‘add a dollar to purchase’ campaign in 11 The Warehouse Waikato stores which ran from 11-24 May. The funds will be used to provide transport and give decile 1-3 schools an educational experience at Hamilton Zoo.

Hamilton Zoo director Stephen Standley described this as ‘a great result’ and was excited that The Warehouse Zoofari programme would enable students who have had little or no opportunity to visit the zoo or connect with wildlife, to do so.

“Thanks to the support of The Warehouse and the generosity of their customers, the barrier of transport costs and admission fees will be removed,” says Mr Standley.

“We are already receiving applications from eligible schools and our zoo educators are looking forward to hosting the first Zoofari visits which will take place from term three onwards.”

The Warehouse Zoofari visits will be facilitated by the Hamilton Zoo education team who will work with teachers to customise programmes that meet the learning needs of the students.

Melody Davis, The Warehouse Cambridge Store Manager was delighted the campaign was so successful.

“Our team, right across Waikato and Coromandel, really got behind the campaign and we’re very grateful to our customers for supporting by adding a dollar to their purchases and making the Zoofari initiative a reality.”

The Warehouse Zoofari programme started at Auckland Zoo in 2013 and this year extended to include low decile schools in Northland. The programme is also running at Wellington Zoo.

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