Turning on the taps for zoo turtles
SIMPLY switching from bottled water to tap water has helped Burnside State School students raise $10,000 for turtles at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
The Get Back to Tap competition, supported by Unitywater, raised awareness about the damage plastic waste had on marine life, specifically turtles.
Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin attended the school yesterday to thank students and staff.
Mrs Irwin said the competition involved several schools and raised awareness about how pollution affected sea turtles and other marine life.
"I thought this fundraiser was very clever, getting kids aware of where their water comes from and where pollution goes," she said.
"Everything, even if you live inland, ends up in the ocean.
"So it's so responsible to keep things clean and if you're using a water bottle you can also recycle it as well."
Burnside State School student Jack Bridge said that it was exciting to know the school raised the most money for the competition while helping reduce waste.
Mrs Irwin said the wildlife hospital attended to more than 150 sea turtles each year at a cost often exceeding $1500 per turtle, or more than $225,000 annually.