October 2005

Pucker up big boy

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Pucker up big boy

Sunshine Coast Daily, October 2005


News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, October 10, 2005
By Belinda Warren

MANFRED Faust found a new admirer when he visited Australia Zoo last week but it was not a relationship he was likely to pursue.

While it may not have been the most attractive of dates, the Year 11 student from Lowood High School, west of Brisbane, thought it was “extreme” when he lined up to almost lock lips with one of the Zoo’s resident camels.

Manfred was one of 20 school students from south-east Queensland high schools competing at Australia Zoo in an “amazing race” with a difference.

The competition, organized by Harvey World Travel Booval in Ipswich, was aimed at stimulating geography knowledge and participants, through a series of clues, ended up kissing a camel, cuddling a python, scooping some poop and going on a safari at the Zoo.

The amazing race was inspired by the television series of the same name.

Harvey World Travel CEO Barry Mayo said the competition aimed to generate young people’s interest and awareness of places of world significance for their own general knowledge and to help them as future travellers.

The participants will be set a challenge in a different location each day, which will take winning teams to different locations from Australia Zoo to the Gold Coast – and lots of locations in between, as well as an overnight stay in Sydney.

The final will culminate in a race to finish at Queens Park in Ipswich.

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