The Louie Fund is an initiative between the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Water Corporation and the South Western Times to raise money through corporate sponsorship to provide engaging marine education for school students throughout our region. Financial support for this fund comes from local businesses and organisations as fund partners.
The aim of the Louie Fund program is simply to provide local schools with subsidised education programs where the business partner provides the majority of the financial costs associated with the excursion. Each Louie Fund Partner directly funds marine education and conservation programs to school students that may otherwise not be able to participate due to financial or logistical issues and demonstrates how a small business can make a difference within the local community.
To be part of this rewarding initiative a commitment of $1,250 (plus GST) is required.
The support of your business is highly appreciated by the community, the participating children, and Bunbury Dolphin Discovery. In addition, we are able to provide you with the following benefits in recognition for your valuable contribution:
- Allocation of 100 free marine education programs to a school or class of your choice (BDD is able to manage all unallocated programs)
- Program individual acknowledgement in the South Western Times (welcome + logo)
- $50 worth of classified vouchers in the Bunbury Herald / South Western Times
- Invitation as a partner to the Dolphin Discovery Centre Open Day (promotional opportunity)
- A partnership Adopt-A-Dolphin package
- A business profile on Radio West’s SouthWest Spotlight
- Exclusive framed supported print of your adopted dolphin
- Direct link to the Louie Fund web page on this website
- Signage exposure at the entry to the Dolphin Discovery Centre
- Logo and web link inclusion on three e-newsletters per year
- Logo on student certificate for marine education program
This increased number of students recieving the program ensures a better understanding and appreciation for the local marine and coastal environments exists within the local region and that this knowledge will lead to actions that promote better choices towards a more sustainable future. This is a fine example of ‘Education in Action’, and will remain the programs catch cry for many years to come.
Louie Fund Partnership flyer [3.5mb]
The name ‘Louie’ comes from the nickname of Mrs Evelyn Smith, known during the 70’s as the ‘Lady of the Dolphins’. She became internationally famous for feeding a small group of wild Koombana Bay dolphins from her private jetty which backed onto the Leschenault Inlet. Very quickly, the word spread that Bunbury had a new and very unique tourist attraction.
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