The amazing way selfless Australians are using their Dine & Discover vouchers in lockdown
- NSW Dine & Discover vouchers are donated to charities and businesses
- Aussies pay it forward by donating unused $25 vouchers during lockdown
- Symbio Wildlife Park and Australian Reptile Park help lead the initiative
- A partner charity will receive a double entry zoo pass worth $78 for each voucher
- Since July, nearly 14,800 vouchers have been donated to help children in need
Thoughtful Australians are paying it forward during lockdown by donating their unused Dine & Discover vouchers to charities in need.
Any unused $25 vouchers can now be donated to a select group of charities or businesses to help those less fortunate.
The main protagonists of the incentive program are Symbio Wildlife Park and Australian Reptile Park, who for every Dine & Discover voucher donated will donate a double zoo pass to one of five children’s charities.
The voucher, designed to help the hospitality and entertainment industry recover after the first wave of lockdowns in March 2020, can be accessed via the Service NSW app.
Australians donate their unused NSW Dine and Discover vouchers during lockdown to help children in need with zoos like Australian Reptile Park (pictured) in charge
Australian Reptile Park partners with five charities and will issue a $78 double entry pass to a select charity for every $25 voucher donated
Each pass is valued at $78, with both zoos working with various charitable partners since July to raise more than $1.2 million in charity entry tickets.
The initiative was created to discourage people from wasting their Dine & Discover vouchers during the lockdown by making them pay in advance in a random act of kindness.
With each redemption, a double entry pass is issued to a chosen charity, while the zoo takes the price difference to return to a child in need when it is finally allowed to reopen.
Symbio Wildlife Park has also supported the initiative to encourage people not to waste their vouchers during the lockdown, giving them the option to prepay in a random act of kindness
Nearly 14,800 donations have been made so far, and Symbio Wildlife Park’s marketing manager Kevin Fallon hopes to achieve more by the August 31 deadline.
“It’s a great response. It has exceeded all my expectations,” Mr Fallon told the… Illawarra Mercury.
“It all shows how one random act of kindness at the same time can really make a difference. In this case, everyone has done one and it makes such a positive change on a scale that is absolutely incredible. So many children will benefit from that.’
The NSW Dine & Discover program has since been extended to June 30 next year as businesses remain closed indefinitely during a nationwide lockdown.
In the meantime, Australians can prepay any additional $25 vouchers in their NSW app by contacting participating locations.