16 November 2012
By PATRICK WILLIAMS
ROBERT Irwin’s young hands were no match for the imprint his late father left.
The eight-year-old placed his tiny hands in the cement outline left by his dad, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, at the Australia Zoo Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
It was a loving moment and tribute to his father on Steve Irwin Day, which saw Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin come together with famous friends at the Beerwah attraction for the sixth annual celebration.
"Steve had such a passion for doing his very best to protect the planet, and he lived his life fighting to save wildlife and wild places," Terri said.
"It’s my hope that people will be inspired by Steve to do their best to make a positive difference."
The Irwins were joined yesterday by special guests actor John Waters, swimmer Melanie Schlanger and Coolum singer Darren Percival, who added their handprints to the zoo’s walk.
Mr Percival, who performed earlier in the day, got emotional and he pushed his hands into the cement.
"You know I love to have a cry," he said.
"It really is so beautiful to be here today. I’m honoured to be here for this celebration. It means a lot to me and my family."
Waters, Bindi’s Nim’s Island 2 co-star, said he was so impressed by the Irwin family.
"The work being done here for conservation is serious business and it’s amazing what they’ve achieved," he said.
Steve Irwin Day also saw the signing of two memoranda of understanding - one for the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program and the other for Conservation of Wildlife - by Environment and Heritagc Protection Minister Andrew Powell and Terri.
The Royal Australian Mint also launched a new collector’s coin featuring Bindi the saltwater crocodile on the day.
WHAT THE DAY MEANS
For the legions of fans Steve Irwin has around the world, none are bigger than his own children.
Bindi and Robert Irwin were centre stage for Steve Irwin Day yesterday.
The day was all about honouring the life and legacy of the original Wildlife Warrior with an aim to celebrate the things Steve loved most family, wildlife conservation, and fun.
"It’s the best day to celebrate everything that was Steve," Terri said. "It’s about being Wildlife Warriors and taking the opportunity to get back to nature."
Well wishes and praise for Steve Irwin Day came from celebrities all over the world.
"It’s a day we commemorate the tremendous life of the Crocodile Hunter," TV presenter Rove McManus said via video. "Crocs may rule but Steve rules more."
Musician and actor Justin Timberlake said he believed anyone could be a Wildlife Warrior and make a difference in the world.
HE SAID IT
Steve Irwin quotes
- "I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that’s habitat destruction."
- "I believe sustainable use is the greatest propaganda in wildlife conservation at the moment."
- "My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people’s sacred status, regardless of the past."
- "I get called an adrenaline junkie every other minute, and I’m just fine with that."