SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced that all proceeds generated from Sky Tower admissions on Australia Day, Sunday 26 January, will go to the South Australian Country Fire Service Foundation.
Coming in the aftermath of the devastating bushfire crisis sweeping Australia, the Sky Tower will be also be lit up green and gold to stand in solidarity with the cities, communities, wildlife and firefighters that continue to be affected by the fires.
The CFS Foundation financially supports local volunteer firefighters and their families who have suffered death, injury, loss or damage of property whilst in the line of duty.
This represents one of the initiatives that SkyCity Entertainment Group has undertaken to support Australia during the bushfires, with SkyCity Hamilton and Adelaide Casino also engaging in fundraising events.
Michael Ahearne, group chief operating officer, asserts that it’s important the Sky Tower enables kiwis to raise much needed funds for those risking their lives in the line of 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 tallest man-made structure in the country, standing at 328 metres (over 1076 feet), the tower houses New Zealand’s second authorised casino property at its base.
The complex also features a conference centre, 700-seat theatre, 12 bars, 12 restaurants, and 2 hotels, alongside the gaming entity that includes 2,100 slots and video poker machines, 100 table games and a 9 table poker room.