NSW Dine & Discover vouchers might have been extended until June next year but don’t think for a minute that you’re beholden to them! 

Considering it’s unlikely that you or I will be using our vouchers anytime soon, it’s good to know, as per Pedestrian.TV, that the $25 vouchers can be donated to charity, which seems much more worthwhile.

This is how it works; if you have a spare Dine & Discover voucher on your Service NSW app, you can ‘pay it forward’ to a select group of chosen charities or businesses that give to charities, meaning your voucher isn’t going to waste and instead is going to something meaningful.

Best be quick though, because some of the charity endeavours end pretty soon – Symbio Wildlife Park and Australian Reptile Park are the two main zoos at the forefront of the Dine & Discover ‘pay it forward’ scheme, and both are closing donations at the end of this month, giving you just six days to donate.

If you are so inclined to donated to those zoos, for example, all you need to do is donate your $25 Dine & Discover voucher away, and they’ll gift a double zoo pass to one of their five children’s charity partners (charities differ between both zoos).

And it seems like a lot of people have had a similar idea, with Symbio Wildlife Park’s Marketing Manager Kevin Fallon announcing that there had been 14,800 donations so far. “It is an amazing response,” he recently told the Illawarra Mercury. “It has surpassed all my expectations. The community has taken ownership of it as well. And the charities have helped spread the word.

It all shows how one random act of kindness at a time can really make a difference. In this case, everyone has done one and it is making such a positive change on a scale that is absolutely incredible. So many children are going to benefit from this.”

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I think it’s pretty clear: if you’re not sure what to do with your Dine & Discover vouchers, just ‘pay it forward’. It’s definitely worth it.

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