Fundraiser pandas to sense of humour for turtles
Everyone knows pandas are not native to the Pilbara, but that has not stopped one resident from introducing one to our climate to support green turtles.
Karratha local Jessica Thomas — or the Pilbara panda, as she called herself — will don a panda onesie next week in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s Wild Onesie Week.
Ms Thomas said a deeprooted respect of nature and love of onesies made this an ideal campaign for her.
“I grew up on the NSW central coast so I was surrounded by beach and bush, that’s where I developed my passion for wildlife,” she said.
“The older I got the more organisations and charities I got into and that’s why I am sitting here in a panda onesie.”
The week aims to raise funds and awareness to save endangered species, and this year will focus on the green turtle and Great Barrier Reef.
Ms Thomas joked that she would like someone to take her out on a date to a fancy restaurant while wearing the onesie some time during the week.
“A lot of pollution is destroying the habitat so (WWF) is working in conjunction with a few other companies to figure out why there have been so many green turtle deaths,” she said.
“I work down at the bar at Searipple, so hopefully we’ll have a fundraising night there.
“It will make for a good laugh.”
A fundraising page has been set up at wildonesie week2016.everydayhero.com/ au/jessica-4. Wild Onesie Week runs from June 5 to 11, and Ms Thomas will be raising funds until July 31.
Jessica Thomas with her new panda onesie.