Club fines donated to animal lifesavers
Stuff-ups, bogs and breakdowns may have hurt a few four-wheeldrivers’ egos over the past year, but their misadventures will help treat and re-home animals which come through SAFE’s doors.
Red Dog 4WD Club donated its annual fines collection tin, which raked in $1439 last financial year, to SAFE at its club meeting last week.
Club sheriff Bill Despotovksi said it wasn’t just the misdemeanours which attracted fines during his tenure.
“My take-up for last year was even if you laugh, you end up getting fined,” he said.
“All members are just part of that culture that we know we are donating to a good cause.
“We had a couple of members that won large prizes at the Christmas do. They auctioned that and donated $300 back into the donation tin — that to me just speaks volumes.”
SAFE founder Sue Hedley said the money would be put towards vet bills such as desexing, vaccinating and microchipping.
“We struggle to keep up with all the lifesaving work because our operation is so massive,” she said.
“So it is heartwarming to have groups like the 4WD club raise money for us.”
Funds raised from this year’s fines tin will go towards Pilbara Princess, but the girls have already got a leg-up with a $500 donation towards this year’s Variety Bash efforts from the club.
Red Dog 4WD Club sheriff Bill Despotovski, second from left, and president Mark Hannon with SAFE founder Sue Hedley, far left, and volunteer Helen Osler.