Zoo animals do their bit
WHAT does a python, echidna and a giant banana have in common?
Yesterday it was the Coffs Coast Advocate's general manager, James Parker, who left the safety of his office in aid of the APN Tsunami Relief Appeal.
His first point of business was a visit from the Coffs Harbour Zoo's Jason Hay, Kobba Koala, Basil the baby echidna, and Zeusette the carpet python.
Remembering their good manners to always bring something when paying a visit the group brought a much appreciated gift in the form of a cheque for $2257.
The money was raised earlier this month when the zoo offered admission to all locals for just a gold coin donation ? which would then go towards the appeal.
Along with giving large families and those struggling financially the chance to enjoy the recently re-opened attraction, it was a chance for the Coffs Coast community to continue their tremendous support of the Tsunami survivors.
The zoo received a fantastic response with around 2000 people taking up the offer.
Taking a moment to get himself together after his reptile encounter, Mr Parker headed for another of Coffs Harbour's favourite tourist attractions, The Big Banana.
Here Mr Parker was met by some of the attraction's staff who proudly held a cheque for $15,000, the result of the Charity Appeal Day held last Sunday.
During the charity day, all proceeds of purchases including food, merchandise and leisure facilities were donated to the APN appeal.
Managing director Kevin Rubie said this was made possible by the staff, who volunteered their wages for the day as well as the total col- lection of sales by sub-operators, Coffs Candy Kitchens and Adventure Trike tours.
Continuing the generosity displayed by our tourist attractions, the Butterfly House also held a fundraising day, donating Sunday's takings of close to $1000 to World Vision to assist with the care of children orphaned in the tsunami disaster.