An exclusive charity dinner last night (Saturday) celebrated the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior, Steve Irwin, while raising money for wildlife conservation. The annual Steve Irwin Day gala dinner raises vital funds for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, to help continue the conservation work Steve was so passionate about and to keep his dream alive.
This year’s fundraising dinner is took place at Hillstone St Lucia and featured Darren Percival from hit television show The Voice, said Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors fundraising and appeals manager Bridget Chenoweth.
“This year’s event included top-notch entertainment from Darren Percival and the Australian Girls’ Choir, appearances from our guests of honour, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, as well as a sumptuous three-course dinner and premium beverages,” Bridget said.
“Unique experiences and exclusive auction items also went under the hammer throughout the night, and guests had opportunity to meet some of our gorgeous animals on arrival.”
Some of the special pieces up for auction included Robert’s khaki uniform, an outfit from Bindi’s Bootcamp, one of Terri’s dazzling dresses, the chance to release a rehabilitated sea turtle with the Irwin family and the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit, and an invitation to join the Australia Zoo crew on the 2013 annual croc research trip.
Another special milestone was celebrated last night – the ten year anniversary of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, which was established by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002 as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.
Other special guests included international model and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors ambassador Ellie Gonsalves, as well as Professor Craig Franklin from the University of Queensland, Senator for Queensland Mark Furner, Councillor Rick Baberowski, and former Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.
Last year’s event helped to raise over $100,000 for wildlife conservation, and the event’s goal in 2012 is to match that and continue to keep Steve’s dream alive. For more information about the gala dinner and Steve Irwin Day, visit www.steveirwinday.org
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