For the fifth year running, Tangalooma Island Resort will be supporting The Kids’ Cancer Project during whale watching season where they carry on the tradition of donating $5 for every one of the magnificent creatures sighted.
From June to October / November, magnificent humpback whales leave Antarctic winter behind to enjoy relatively warmer waters off the Queensland coast to eat and breed.
As they migrate the 10,000 kilometres up the coast, pods come close to North Stradbroke Island and Morton Island – making it possible to see them from land. Passengers on the Tangalooma Jet, Australia’s largest dedicated while watching vessel, are treated to thrilling up close and personal experiences.
At the end of the 2018 season (June – October), Resort Manager Brianna Preobrajensky was able to present a $10,000 cheque to the charity bringing total money raised to more than $45,000.
Brianna’s personal experience with childhood cancer, through her son Oscar, led Tangalooma to fundraise for the charity.
“Tangalooma Island Resort has been a proud supporter of The Kids’ Cancer Project for many years now raising over $45,000,” Mrs Preobrajensky said.
“Given our first-hand experience with the organisation and the incredible work they do, this is one partnership we endeavour to maintain for years to come.”
"The sad reality is, cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia, so if we can contribute in any way towards raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, then we will,” Mrs Preobrajensky said.
The Kids’ Cancer Project are an independent national charity dedicated to supporting childhood cancer research. The charity’s vision is for the one hundred per cent survival of children with cancer while eradicating the harmful impacts treatment can bring.
"We’re lucky Oscar’s story is such a happy one because he is still with us. But there are side effects and risks from his cancer treatment. At the time, and even now, we cannot predict what they’re going to be,” said Mrs Preobrajensky.
Owen Finegan, Chief Executive of The Kids’ Cancer Project, is excited about the launch of this year’s whale watching season.
“This ongoing partnership between Tangalooma and The Kids’ Cancer Project is a true display of community and common goals,” Mr Finegan said.
“We are so thankful to the resort for their support again this year.”
Tangalooma Island Resort is Brisbane’s only whale watching experience. Tours depart direct from Brisbane to Moreton Island with the option to add wild dolphin feeding or viewing, or an overnight stay.
Visit tangalooma.com for more information.