Give a gift that makes a difference this Christmas

‘Tis the season of giving, but instead of presents why not celebrate this Christmas with a gift that gives back to fellow South Aussies?

This festive season Brand South Australia is proud to show its support for some of the state’s leading charitable organisations by encouraging people to visit Shop South Australia and donate to its member charities and foundations.

Members of the public can visit Shop South Australia’s newly created ‘Donate to Charity’ category and choose from more than 40 of Brand South Australia’s charity members to gift a direct donation.

Shop South Australia is a free platform allowing users to link directly to the charity’s own website to complete their donation, enduring all funds go to the chosen foundation.

Donators can choose from charities across a range of sectors including animals, arts, children, community support, environment and health.

Brand South Australia’s general manager corporate partnerships, Nicola Martin, says the not-for-profit organisation is pleased to support its member charities this festive season.

“We have over 40 charities and foundations that are part of our membership program, and hope that people’s generous donations will help support the vital work that they do,” she says.

To donate to charity click here.

 

Membership and Sponsorship with Brand South Australia offers unique business opportunities to connect with significant South Australian businesses and industries.

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Adelaide Zoo reveals plans for $1.1m Variety Children’s Zoo

The next generation of conversationists will be able to experience the wonder of the natural world when Adelaide Zoo develops a new $1.1 million children’s zoo in 2019.

Zoos SA has unveiled plans for the immersive and interactive Variety Children’s Zoo that will be connected to the existing and ever-popular Nature’s Playground, an area where kids can explore nature-inspired spaces including water features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways.

Construction of the new children’s zoo will be developed in partnership with children’s charity Variety SA, and will begin in 2019.

Quokkas, critically endangered bettongs, goats and other creatures will move from the existing children’s zoo to the new space near the zoo entrance.

The area as it currently stands.

The new development will feature balance beams and ladders for goats, climbing branches for quokkas, a dedicated presentation area for keepers to host educational talks and aerial walkways connecting to Nature’s Playground.

Zoos SA CEO and I Choose SA ambassador Elaine Bensted says the new Variety Children’s Zoo will help encourage and develop the next generation of conservationists, no matter their ability.

“Our vision for the Variety Children’s Zoo is to help kids get hands on as they learn and connect with wildlife, and in doing so develop a strong passion for conservation,” she says.

“The Variety Children’s Zoo will be a continuation of Nature’s Playground – making Adelaide Zoo the number one destination for the kids of South Australia and their families.

“When finalising the plans, we ensured we had an equal balance between animal welfare, unique facilities, exciting animal encounters, and educational yet magical moments for visitors to experience.”

An artist’s impression of the newly developed Variety Children’s Zoo.

Variety SA CEO Mark McGill says the charity is proud to again partner with the zoo to bring the next stage of children’s play development to life.

“Variety is enormously proud to have opened the doors of the Adelaide Zoo to more children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs,” he says.

“These children have enjoyed the freedom and inclusiveness of the all abilities Nature’s Playground, proudly supported by Variety, and these wonderful outcomes will only be expanded with the development of the Variety Children’s Zoo.”

The public will have a chance to become the face of the new children’s zoo, with a large art installation taking centre stage in the area. For $50 people can purchase a tile with their photo to remain at the zoo into the future.