TAMWORTH students are getting up close and personal with a Tasmanian Devil this week, but it’s not the vicious kind.
The Tassie Devil monster truck is visiting local schools ahead of a show in Tamworth on Saturday, teaching students about the Save the Tasmanian Devil appeal.
The Tassie truck has been an ambassador for the appeal for the past two years, raising money and awareness for the charity project.
Between five and 10 per cent of the wild Tasmanian Devil population suffers from Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a rare infectious cancer which was discovered in 1996.
The Tassie truck visited St Mary’s Primary School on Monday and will go to Bullimbal School today and Tamworth Public School and Oxley High School on Friday.
“The truck has become a great vehicle for the appeal,” truck driver Clive Featherby said.
“We raise money for the appeal at our shows through collections and ask that people go to the website and look at the activities they can do for the appeal
“School can also take on campaign initiatives to support the work that’s being done.”
The monster trucks will be the focus of a show at the Tamworth Showground on Saturday, which also features freestyle motocross, off road racing, a fireworks show and a demolition derby.