Australia Zoo is proud to partner with some wonderful groups and charities that are also making a difference in the world.
These charities and groups are very close to our hearts here at Australia Zoo and we endeavour to continue our contributions and support for the local community.
Queensland Children’s Hospital
Our awesome Zoo crew love putting smiles on the faces of every child they meet! With the help of our awesome Aussie animals, the cuddliest of all crocodile’s, BW Croc, and Kahn the Tiger, we bring joy and laughter to the children at the Queensland Children’s Hospital!
Our Zoo crew, with their entourage of wildlife, journey to the Queensland Children’s Hospital on a regular basis. The children can get up close and personal with our adorable animals and costume characters, falling in love with them just as much as we have. We have installed our exclusive channel, Crikey! Club, to hospital televisions to ensure the precious patients can keep up-to-date with all things Australia Zoo, rescue unit, wildlife hospital, research and the Irwin family! This simple gift brings hours of entertainment!
Here at Australia Zoo we see our role at the hospital as an important one; it makes a positive impact on the lives of seriously ill children. We are proud to support such a worthy cause and will continue to dedicate time to uplifting these special kids and their families.
Watoto Children's Choir
Exploding into Queensland with a sense of purpose, the energetic and colourful Watoto Children’s Choir are like rock stars, especially to the 1364 other children in the care of the Watoto Child Care Ministries (WCCM) in Uganda.
Visiting Australia as part of their worldwide Concerts of Hope tour, the choir is a group of children who have been orphaned due to AIDS. They travel the globe with their vibrant, soulful and joyful fusion of contemporary music and traditional African tribal dance. The tour is conducted to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to raise money to build houses and classrooms for the orphaned children of Uganda.
Terri and Steve have made a valued monetary contribution to this worthwhile cause and we are also proud to assist with their fundraising efforts during their time at the Zoo. All donations and funds raised through the concert tour go to building homes and classrooms for the children of the WCCM. Each Watoto village is designed as a community and provides a home for the children, schools, a medical clinic, a clean water project and a multi-purpose hall.
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established after Daniel Morcombe, a Sunshine Coast boy, was abducted while waiting for a bus on a busy highway in our local area. His parents, together with local community leaders, have collaborated to establish the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
The objectives of the foundation are simple and wide reaching across many facets of our community. The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is designed to educate children about their personal safety and abduction prevention. This charity assists victims of crime, particularly crime involving children, and to raise funds from public and government entities to support their child safety campaigns.
Australia Zoo proudly supports the annual Day for Daniel and Queensland Children’s Week. Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin are Family Ambassadors for Queensland Children’s Week and show their support for the Day for Daniel by wearing red.
Rotary is a worldwide organisation comprised of business and professional leaders who are working together to address various community and international service needs. Their aim is to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.
Terri Irwin is an active member of Rotary and supports this great cause through Australia Zoo’s varied contributions. The funds donated to Glasshouse Mountains Rotary Club are directed to assisting over 50 Sunshine Coast families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. These funds help families cover medical bills and supply home equipment or medical assistance if required. Affected families will also enjoy a family fun day at Australia Zoo soaking up all of the animal action!
Australia Zoo is committed to the local community through our Glasshouse Mountains Rotary branch and fully intends to continue supporting their endeavours over the coming years.
The Irwin family and Australia Zoo are very privileged to have the opportunity to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Since 1994, we have worked closely with charity organisations such as the Make-a-Wish and the Starlight Foundation to brighten the lives of these special children and their entire families.
Wish Tours include admission for the affected family and a wildlife studio photo to take home as a souvenir of their memorable day at Australia Zoo! For kids who can’t come to the Zoo due to hospitalisation, we will send a little piece of Australia Zoo straight to them!
Bringing a smile to the faces of children and families affected by illness is close to our heart. Currently, Australia Zoo works closely with the following wish-granting and support organisations:
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Starlight Foundation
- Children’s Wish Foundation International
- Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Society
- Xavier Children’s Support Network
- Genesis International Foundation
- Indiana Children’s Wish Fund
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Mater Children’s Hospital
- Brisbane Children’s Hospital