Reptile Park voucher scheme to support kids in need

Liz Gabriel and her daughter Lily at the Park

The Australian Reptile Park has introduced a Pay Discover Forward scheme to benefit Central Coast children in need and their families.

Residents can “pay it forward’ by redeeming their Dine & Discover NSW Discover vouchers for $25 discount vouchers for use at the Park.

The Park will then donate a double pass to charity on their behalf.

The offer is valid until the end of August, with participants having 90 days to visit the Park from the date they redeem their vouchers.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia (Sydney, Greater Western Sydney and Northern NSW Chapters), Make-A-Wish Australia, Kids With Cancer Foundation, Central Coast Kids In Need and Barnardos Australia will be beneficiaries of the paid forward passes.

On September 1 the Park will tally up the charity selections and distribute the donated double passes to each organisation.

Park Director, Liz Gabriel, said all children deserve to experience the wonders of wildlife.

“As our way of paying the love forward, for every online Discover Voucher redemption through our website, we will be gifting a double pass to children and families in need, within their organisation,” she said.

“Not only do you get to help us support the happiness of kids who need it most, but you’ll also get $25 to use for a visit to the Australian Reptile Park after the COVID lockdown lifts.”

National Marketing Manager for the Kids With Cancer Foundation, Linda Nas, said to put a smile on a children’s faces while they are going through cancer treatment is priceless.

“To take time out from hospital appointments with doctors, waiting rooms and the confines of their own homes, makes the world of difference to a child with cancer,” she said.

“We are so excited to be part of the Pay It Forward Campaign with the Australian Reptile Park, to be able to pass on tickets to the sick kids and their families.”

Gabriel said after opening the initiative early in July, the Park had already committed to donating over $130,000 worth of tickets to the charity partners.

“We hope that with support from the community, we can increase that number ten-fold,” she said.

“There are so many children and families who need extra help and now with COVID restrictions in NSW, things are more difficult than ever.

“We want them to just be kids again and discover the wonders of wildlife.”

Media release, Jul 21
Australian Reptile Park