SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced that all proceeds produced on Australia Day Sunday 26 January from Sky Tower admissions will go to the South Australian Country Fire Service Foundation.
In the wake of Australia’s devastating bushfire crisis, the Sky Tower will also be illuminated green and gold in solidarity with the cities, towns, animals and firefighters that continue to be threatened by the fires.
The CFS Foundation supports financially local volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered death, injury, loss or property damage while on duty line.
It is one of the projects undertaken by SkyCity Entertainment Group in support of Australia during the bushfires, with SkyCity Hamilton and Adelaide Casino both involved in fundraising events.
Group Chief Operating Officer Michael Ahearne states that it is important that the Sky Tower allows kiwis to raise much-needed funds for those who risk their lives on duty: “Our thoughts go out to Australia during this tragic time, including the communities and cities in which we operate.
“Through Adelaide Casino, SkyCity is a member of the tourism community in South Australia and as such we are choosing to support the South Australian CFS who have done such a terrific job in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island.
“We encourage locals and visitors alike to come along to the Sky Tower on Australia Day, knowing that proceeds will go toward those that need it most.”
The tower houses New Zealand’s second authorised casino property at its base, the highest man-made structure in the country, standing at 328 metres (over 1076 feet).
In addition to the gaming organisation that contains 2,100 slots and video poker machines, 100 table games and a 9 table poker room, the complex also features a conference centre, 700-seat theatre, 12 bars, 12 restaurants and 2 hotels.