AN inspirational Gold Coast girl has pulled off a first, organising the inaugural Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Zoo Run.
Tegan Lather, a young wildlife enthusiast and charity entrepreneur, said the event would be held on Sunday the 23rd of November.
“I am so excited to be holding the first ever Zoo Run for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. It is going to be a great day with a 5km run for the fit and a fun 2km run / walk for everyone else,” said 15 year old Tegan, who has raised over $80,000 for numerous wildlife charities on the Sunshine Coast including Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Queensland Koala Crusaders and Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue.
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“I am so excited. I also get to help my friends at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with my Zoo Run idea. I have wanted to help Head Vet Michael with the animals for a long time now and the concept is just a perfect fundraiser for the Hospital.
The Zoo Run theme is focused around fun and fitness for all ages and levels. It will start with registrations from 6:00am with the first wave of 5km runners starting at 6.30am sharp and all competitors will be invited to remain in the park for the day.
Olympic and Commonwealth Games hurdler Sally Pearson is an Ambassador for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and has jumped at the chance to come along and support the Zoo Run.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in Australia. Last year they saw over 8000 patients. As with many charities, the Hospital Foundation relies on donations and sponsorship to stay afloat. They continually need funds and other items such as towels, cleaning products and Teddy Bears for the young orphaned koalas to hold onto. All the runners and families can bring these items on the day and hand them over to the wildlife hospital, every little bit helps.
“I was more than happy to help Tegan to put on a ZOO RUN for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Tegan has done such amazing work in the past for other Wildlife Hospitals and charities. I just knew this event would be just as great!” said Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s Head Veterinarian, Dr Michael Pyne.
Last year Tegan put on a Zoo Run for Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital resulting in over $20,000 for the wildlife.
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