Aquatic centre to benefit from Gareth Morgan visit
Friday 29 June 2012
Philanthropist turned conservationist Gareth Morgan will visit Kāpiti in July to talk about his recent visit to Antarctica. Proceeds from the presentation will go to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre.
Morgan has chosen Kāpiti as the first stop on a nationwide tour to raise public awareness about the perilous state of the frozen continent. In February he joined 50 New Zealanders from a wide range of backgrounds for a month long tour of the region.
The purpose of the Our Far South voyage was to raise awareness of the region south of Stewart Island that is under Kiwi stewardship – the subantarctics, Southern Ocean and the Ross Dependency in Antarctica. Gareth will share footage of the amazing experiences they had on the voyage as well as telling some rip roaring yarns from the high seas.
Kapiti Aquatic Centre Trust Chair, Neil Mackay, says he hopes Kāpiti residents will go to the presentation to learn more about an important environmental issue and support the Aquatic Centre at the same time.
“We still need to raise $1.4 million to meet our commitment to this wonderful facility. Gareth Morgan could have started his road show anywhere in the country but has chosen Kāpiti to give our aquatic centre a fund raising a boost. I hope the community supports this venture.”
The presentation by Morgan and members of the Our Far South expedition will be held at Southwards on Tuesday 24 July at 6pm. Tickets, $20, can be purchased from Coastlands Information Desk or Paraparaumu i-site. For more information go to www.ourfarsouth.org
And there’s another Kāpiti connection. The crew will be borrowing Coastlands life-sized model of Kāpiti’s most famous aquatic visitor, Happy Feet, to accompany them on their three-week national road show.