Bak­ing sale ben­e­fits Wild­base birds

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Pas­sion­ate about birds, a nine year old from Kairanga School has raised an im­pres­sive $400 to­wards Wild­base Hos­pi­tal and Wild­base Re­cov­ery.

Mia Aber­nethy dis­cov­ered Wild­base dur­ing the pub­licly held Wild­base Re­cov­ery Tales at the Globe ear­lier this year. Dur­ing the talk, Massey Univer­sity’s Dr Brett Gartrell shared some pa­tient case stud­ies, in­clud­ing a crooked-beak kiwi that re­ceived treat­ment at Wild­base Hos­pi­tal.

When Mia learned that Wild­base Re­cov­ery was fundrais­ing to pro­vide re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion aviaries to help na­tive wildlife re­cover from ill­ness and in­jury af­ter spe­cialised treat­ment at the hos­pi­tal, she wanted to do some­thing to help the birds.

‘‘Each of them are spe­cial, and I don’t want to see any of them be­come ex­tinct.’’

With her fam­ily, Mia came up with the idea of hold­ing a bake sale at school. En­list­ing her friends, and re­ceiv­ing sup­port from Kairanga School staff, the bake sale raised $400, to be do­nated evenly be­tween Wild­base Hos­pi­tal and Wild­base Re­cov­ery.

Now Mia is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Wild­base Re­cov­ery be­ing built so ev­ery­one will be able to see na­tive species not usu­ally avail­able for pub­lic view.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Eden Knox and Isla Eb­bett (both age 2) play in pud­dles in the city’s Bledis­loe Park.

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