Zoo to donate weekend profits to Ukraine

Torbay Weekly

Paignton Zoo and the Wild Planet Trust is reaching out and raising money for the 'zoo community' in the Ukraine.

“We stand with the people of Ukraine, with our many colleagues and friends in the country and with the animals in their care,” said Dennis Flynn, CEO of Wild Planet Trust.

"It’s easy to feel helpless when watching the news and it’s difficult to know how best to help the rapidly escalating situation in Ukraine. We believe that we can show support and take action to help our zoo colleagues through these deeply distressing times and hope that our visitors this weekend will join us with this. As a conservation charity, we deal in hope; and now, more than ever, we need to be hopeful.”

This weekend (over March 19 and 20), Paignton and Newquay zoos will be accepting donations to support colleagues in Ukrainian zoos. 100 per cent of profits made over the weekend from their shops and restaurants will go directly into this fund, as well as 50 per cent of the income from ticket sales. Visitors will also have the option to donate an additional amount when they purchase their tickets and collection tins will be located at till points.

For more information or to donate please visit paigntonzoo.org.uk.

Meanwhile, Rotarians throughout South Devon have been out and about raising money for the Ukrainian people.

Paignton Rotary Club raised £1,300 with a collection in Victoria Street last weekend. Preston Rotary will be doing likewise on Saturday with collections in Victoria Street and Station Square.

The club is looking for volunteers to man the buckets - the collection period is broken down into four sessions each of 1.5 hours.

Rotary have set up a special national Ukraine Appeal Fund. They are also working with ShelterBox.

Dartmouth Rotary Club have already collected £5,000 and Brixham Rotary have held a street collection last Saturday,  They are also arranging a benefit concert hosted free by Brixham Theatre on Saturday April 23. Tickets are £20 each with all proceeds going to Ukraine Humanitarian relief.