Ziptrek Ecotours will mark its fourth birthday next month by
inviting local residents to ''zip'' for charity.
The company's annual locals' day will be held on Saturday,
with Queenstown Lakes residents able to complete the Kea
6-line or Moa 4-line for $40 per person.
This year, $10 from each zip will be given to the Queenstown
Lakes Family Centre.
Last year's locals' day raised $2350 for the Kiwi Birdlife
Park and global social charity Kiva.org, a ''micro loan''
organisation that helps people out of poverty.
Ziptrek Ecotours sales and marketing manager Nicky Busst said
the funds raised this year would give the family centre a
''much needed financial boost'' and allow it to carry on its
work in the community.
The centre is a local charitable organisation that aims to
strengthen relationships between children, young people and
their families. It offers free, specialist counselling and
support services to children aged from birth to 17 and their
families/whanau in the Wakatipu.
General manager Ilona Weekley said the centre was ''extremely
grateful'' to be selected for this year's event.
''We really appreciate being chosen to receive the donations
from this year's locals' day.
''It's a huge honour.''
• Bookings for the locals' day are essential: phone 0800
ZIPTREK or (03) 441-2102 or email email@example.com. A proof
of residence is required on check-in. The price excludes the
gondola ride to the top of Bobs Peak.