Sheep thrills for tourists

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

What can three school­girls and two lambs be do­ing in the mid­dle of Queen­stown? Rais­ing money to pro­vide wa­ter pumps for Van­u­atu, of course.

Three Alexan­dra pupils thought bring­ing two cute lambs to the mid­dle of town would help them with the It’s Not About Us fundraiser.

Par­ent Karin Kre­her said they had brought sheep to a fundraiser pre­vi­ously and it was a big suc­cess.

‘‘We re­alised that tourists and other peo­ple just love see­ing lit­tle lambs and love to have the chance to pat them,’’ she said.

In two hours Alani Lerew, 10, Clau­dia Ham­mond,11, and Hazel Bodeker, 9, raised $222 and also made many smile on Thurs­day.

‘‘You make peo­ple happy and you raise some funds for a re­ally good project - that’s just a per­fect com­bi­na­tion,’’ Kre­her said.

Five-week-old lambs Lol­lipop and Laven­der proved very popu- lar, even fea­tur­ing in a few wed­ding photos.

Clau­dia said the lambs were be­hav­ing well, but Lol­lipop was ‘‘a bit fussy’’.

‘‘They only go to cer­tain peo­ple and get tired of pat­ting some­times. But they are very good at pos­ing for the cam­era,’’ Hazel said.

The pupils are plan­ning to re­turn to Queen­stown with lambs to raise money for a self-pow­ered wa­ter pump for a Van­u­atu vil­lage.

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