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The Warehouse Sends Low Decile Schools on Zoofari at Orana!

The Warehouse Sends Low Decile Schools on Zoofari at Orana!

The Warehouse has partnered with Orana Wildlife Park to offer a ‘Zoofari’ experience for selected low decile schools from Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Greymouth. Twelve The Warehouse stores collectively raised over $53,000 throughout December. The stores ran an add-a-dollar campaign where customers were invited to donate at the checkouts.

The funds raised will send over 1,800 Canterbury and West Coast students per year to Orana Wildlife Park where they will take part in custom written environmental education programmes to meet the learning outcomes set by each school. Plus, students will enjoy the highlights of a zoo visit including hand feeding a giraffe, observing New Zealand’s only gorillas and learning about threatened native species.

The Warehouse Regional Community Support Manager Paul Austin says: “it was a great pleasure to be raising money for such a worthy cause. Thanks to the generosity of our customers the funds raised will cover the costs of customised learning experiences at Orana Wildlife Park including transport and in some cases accommodation for all eligible schools.”

The Warehouse team were delighted to hand over the donation. It formally recognises the outstanding work that Orana Wildlife Park, a registered charity, does in the local community towards education and their dedication to the conservation of endangered species and the welfare of animals.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Orana Wildlife Park to enable even more young people to connect with nature in such a positive way to grow their awareness and appreciation of the environment through this high-quality learning experience. For some children it will be their first visit to a zoo so will be something they are likely to remember for life.”

Orana’s Education Manager, Toby Johnson adds “we are thrilled to partner with The Warehouse. Their generous donation will enable many schools, who could not otherwise visit, to attend. Conservation education is a key aspect of our mission and The Warehouse is playing a significant role in helping us achieve this aim through the Zoofari programme. Naturally we thank everyone who donated to the campaign as they are directly supporting this initiative and Orana Wildlife Park. I know that the students who attend will have a fantastic day, packed with amazing learning experiences.

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