Shoppers back turtles

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Julie Arif, Jo Smith, Gabrielle Menze and Te Aroha Wyllie.
Camera IconJulie Arif, Jo Smith, Gabrielle Menze and Te Aroha Wyllie. Credit: Picture: Sophia Constantine, Sophia Constantine.

A fundraising drive to relieve the hassle of wrapping Christmas presents for busy Hedland shoppers has helped raise almost $6000 for Care For Hedland’s turtle-monitoring program.

Care For Hedland Environmental Association and South Hedland Shopping Centre’s management Charter Hall teamed up in December to offer the gift-wrapping service outside Kmart in South Hedland Shopping Centre for a gold coin donation.

The stall was manned by volunteers from Care For Hedland Environmental Association for a 10-day period, with volunteers of all ages taking part in wrapping everything from small goods to adult bicycles, deckchairs and large framed prints.

It is believed almost 1500 presents were wrapped, with a total of $5975 raised.

CFHEA chairwoman Kelly Howlett said the generosity of shoppers was particularly noted by the Care For Hedland Environmental Association volunteers. “It touched many of our volunteers that shoppers were so generous,” she said.

“It really showed that the Christmas spirit was well and truly alive and it was great to see local shoppers really appreciated the convenience of the wrapping stall.”

She said the fundraiser was also a fantastic opportunity to support the ongoing endeavours of Care For Hedland and its work at Cemetery beach with the flatback turtles.

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