Star-studded support for masks

David Zaffina with kangaroo Jo. (Rebecca Hosking) 215575_01

By Luke Voogt

Singer Jessica Mauboy, former Geelong Cats captain Cameron Ling and newsreader Peter Hitchener are among the celebrities donning David Zaffina’s new range of masks.

The 31-year-old Torquay tour operator has sold almost 3000 masks since “pivoting” his business amid COVID-19, while also supporting programs for local Indigenous youth.

“It’s taken off,” said David, who prior to starting his Indigenous-themed Surf Coast tour company in March 2019, worked for Walt Disney tourism in the US.

Even Australian NBA basketball player Patty Mills had bought some of the masks, made in Melbourne, David said.

David is donating 10 per cent from each mask sold to Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s programs to help Indigenous youth at high school get into tertiary study, apprenticeships or work.

“It’s great knowing that it’s going to a good cause.”

Narana resident kangaroo ‘Jo’ shook hands with David this week, after he handed a $5000 cheque to the centre recently.


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