Fundraiser pan­das to sense of hu­mour for tur­tles

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jes­sica Thomas with her new panda one­sie.

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