The Rotary Dolphin Wishing Well at the Hillarys Boat Harbour in Western Australia uniquely combines public art and community fund raising – and all because of three real life bottle-nosed dolphins: Rajah, Mila and Echo.
The idea for a community wishing well was conceived when three popular bottle-nose dolphins, Rajah, Mila and Echo, who died mysteriously at Hillarys Boat Harbour in December 1999.
The wishing well became a ten year joint project by the Rotary Clubs of Hillarys and Wanneroo. Since March 2010 every time a $2 coin is inserted in the wishing well the larger-than-life dolphin sculpture does a good turn – a complete 360 degree rotation.
Over the past 10 years the net proceeds ($180,000) from the wishing well has been distributed to local and other community projects identified by the two Rotary Clubs.