A FAMILY open day at Halls Gap Zoo has raised more than $10,000 for the Country Fire Authority and the State Emergency Service.
Zoo owner Yvonne Cullel said the total money raised could top $15,000 when the CFA added the takings of a barbecue.
“It was quite overwhelming the success of it all, it was about twice as much as we expected,” she said.
“We were a bit stretched for facilities, but that’s not a bad problem to have.”
Mrs Cullel said 4130 people attended the open day.
Horsham and Stawell Toyota provided financial support for the day.
Dealer principal Adrian Galvin said he was keen to make people aware that his business was community focused.
“Our funding of the entry to the zoo along with our television advertising of the event brought a large number of people to the Grampians region, with at least 400 coming from Melbourne specifically,” he said.
“I’m really pleased that my business’s financial contribution has assisted in raising more than $10,000 for the emergency services in the area along with a major boost to the Halls Gap township as a whole.
“I have been told that the number of people seen in town on one day was equal to the jazz festival promoted by Grampians Tourism – not a bad effort for two local businesses organising a day.”