Esther Mokey, a refugee from the Congo, gets a kiss from a new friend at the Pet Porpoise Pool.
Esther Mokey, a refugee from the Congo, gets a kiss from a new friend at the Pet Porpoise Pool. Trevor Veale

Esther's kiss of welcome

A DAY out at the Pet Porpoise Pool has given Coffs Harbour's newest refugees a reason to smile.

More than 80 new and existing refugees were gifted with dolphin and seal kisses as part of a special day out organised by Coffs Coast Community College.

Tutor Maggie Tate said some of the refugees from Burma, Congo, Liberia and Sudan have only been in Coffs Harbour for a week.

"For most of them this is the first time they've seen a dolphin or a seal and the day out is a way to integrate into the community and show them what's on offer," Ms Tate said.


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