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WIRES invites you to go 'wild' for a night

At the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

On October 3, Sydney's newest luxury hotel - Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - will open its doors to WIRES and 27 other deserving charities.

As part of the Sofitel’s gala pre-opening night, WIRES has been given 15 overnight stay packages which it will auction online on from September 3-8.

“We expect this will go a long way to raise much-needed funds for emergency wildlife rescue and care,” said WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor.

The WIRES rescue and rehabilitation service operates 365 days a year, attending to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

For koalas like 7-month old Henrietta, the support of WIRES can mean the difference between life and death. She was rescued just a few weeks ago, when her mum was hit and killed by a car in Sydney’s west.

“We rely on donations to keep our organisation running and this is a unique opportunity to offer our supporters a once-in-a-lifetime experience in return for their kind support,” said Ms Taylor.

Those lucky WIRES supporters who are successful in bidding for each of the packages on offer, will have the opportunity to be the first to stay at the new Sofitel - the only new build, five-star hotel developed in Sydney since 1999.

“This is a ‘first’ in many ways,” said Ms Taylor. “It’s a ‘first’ for Sydney, having such a magnificent new hotel and a ‘first’ for WIRES in being able participate in this charity opening night.

“We can’t thank the Sofitel enough for making this possible,” she said.

Ms Taylor encourages everyone who supports wildlife rescue to participate in the WIRES’ online auction, commencing on Sunday 3 September and closing on Friday 8 September, 2017.

Each package being auctioned by WIRES will be named after a much-loved animal native to New South Wales, including: Bandicoot, Blue-tongued Lizard, Cockatoo, Eagle, Echidna, Glider, Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra, Platypus, Possum, Python, Wallaby, Wombat.

“You can bid to be our official Wombat VIP or our Bandicoot VIP, just bid for whichever animal you love the most,” said Ms Taylor, adding that WIRES cares for all these species and many more.

While there are three levels of luxury on offer, each of the packages up for auction has the same basic inclusions:
- An exclusive invitation to the Gala Ballroom Event (for two)
- One night’s stay at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour on 3 October (for two)
- Complimentary breakfast

All 590 rooms at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour have stunning views of Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour. Guests can alsoexperience a French inspired rotisserie and grill restaurant; a dedicated Champagne bar; the Le Rivage Pool Bar complete with infinity-edge pool; and the SoFit Gym and fitness centre.

“We’re inviting everyone to go ‘wild’ for a night and bid for the chance to be a WIRES VIP at the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour on the third of October,” said Ms Taylor.

Bidding will open on at 8pm on Sunday 3 September and will end at 8pm on Friday 8 September 2017. For more information visit the WIRES store at:


NOTE: WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor and WIRES Rescue Office Manager Kristie Harris are both available for interview. High resolution images, logos and further comment available on request.

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