Candles to celebrate Dingo Day

THREE thousand candles in the shape of a dingo will burn bright at Hervey Bay on December 5 to raise awareness of the environmental and cultural significance of the dingoes on Fraser Island.

Artist Jorge Pujol will create the outline of the dingo in the week leading up to the second annual Dingo Day.

Fraser Coast children will place the candles in bags of sand before they are lit at sunset on the day of the event.

“We are so appreciative of Fraser Island and our rare wildlife and we're losing too many in Australia,” organiser Karin Kilpatrick from Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc said.

“Dingo Day is about raising awareness of those issues.”

Several businesses have gotten on board and the local Rotary Club will provide food on the day, which will have something to suit the whole family.

The Butchulla people are expected to take part in the day with a fire-lighting ceremony which will ignite the first candle of the 56 metre by 36 metre dingo outline.

Skydivers, stalls and entertainment will keep the celebrations going into the night.

Dingo Day is being held at Dayman Park, Urangan.

Any profits from the day will go towards Jennifer Parkhurst's fighting fund. The wildlife photographer was recently fined $40,000 for feeding and playing with dingoes on Fraser Island.

More information about Dingo Day will be published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle in the lead-up to the event.



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