Birdman takes off

31 Jan 2013

As promised, Forest & Bird delivered a Birdman Wellington event that was bigger, better and bird-ier than previous years.

Entrants parade in front of the thousands gathered on Wellington’s waterfront, before “flying” into the harbour in the Forest & Bird “Birdman Wellington” competition. Photo: Masanori Udagawa

Entrants parade in front of the thousands gathered on Wellington’s waterfront, before “flying” into the harbour in the Forest & Bird “Birdman Wellington” competition. Photo: Masanori Udagawa

The iconic annual competition that sees costumed people jump of the city’s Taranaki Wharf into the harbour was for the first time organised by Forest & Bird.

It was a chance for us to engage with the community in a fun, festive way. Forest & Bird fundraiser Helen Ward organised the competition and says it was a no-brainer for Forest & Bird to get involved.

“We want to reach out to as many people in the community as possible, and talk to younger people about Forest & Bird. What better way to connect with them than at this fun, family event?” she said.

 The event was also geared towards fundraising. Of the 60+ entrants, those who pre-registered were encouraged to fundraise for Forest & Bird. Each entrant was given a personalised webpage in which they could seek donations, post updates on their costume making and monitor and catalogue words of encouragement from sponsors.

On the day, we also had our face-to-face recruitment team on the ground and collection buckets. The event raised over $5000 to help us carry out our vital conservation work.

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