New fundraising venture gives people wings

15 Nov 2012

Forest & Bird has joined forces with the annual crowd-pleasing Birdman Wellington competition for a fun new way of fundraising.

Forest & Bird is always looking for new ways to engage with more New Zealanders. This year, our fundraising team has embarked on a new venture that simultaneously reaches out to a young audience and raises funds for the Society.

Forest & Bird has taken over the annual Birdman Wellington contest, which sees creative types and fun-seekers create a costume and jump from a specially-designed platform from Taranaki Wharf into Wellington Harbour.

Birdman Wellington is part of a whole day of family-friendly festivities on Wellington Anniversary Day, 21 January. Last year, thousands of people turned up to watch the Birdman contest, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to promote Forest & Bird and the work we do. 

Birdman Wellington also gives us the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the Society. We hope all entrants will fundraise in the lead-up to the event. When they register, entrants will be given their own Birdman webpage to promote the cause and catalogue the progress of both their costume and fundraising success.

They’ll be able to upload photos and chat with their supporters. All proceeds raised from the event will go to the Society to help us continue our conservation projects.

Supporter Relations Manager Rebecca Scelly says our involvement with the quirky Birdman competition “shows the lighter side of Forest & Bird”. “And it also has the potential to raise a lot of money, significantly widen our networks and it creates a lot of awareness, particularly with a new, younger group of people,” she says.

Visit for more information about Birdman Wellington.