Paws and Claws fam­ily fun day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE call is go­ing out for own­ers and their dogs to join in a fam­ily fun day to raise funds for a badly-needed new an­i­mal care fa­cil­ity in Port Dou­glas.

Paws and Claws Port Dou­glas, the Cairns Road Run­ners and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil have com­bined to or­gan­ise next month’s event which will in­clude a fun run.

Paws and Claws is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in des­per­ate need of a new fa­cil­ity to house lo­cal home­less an­i­mals and pro­vide board­ing ken­nels.

The new fa­cil­ity re­quires the or­gan­i­sa­tion to raise $350,000 in or­der to de­velop the 4000sq m land lo­cated at Craiglie, do­nated by a lo­cal devel­op­ment com­pany.

RECS Con­sult­ing Engi­neers and Build­ing De­sign­ers and Builders de­signed and doc­u­mented the new fa­cil­ity free of charge.

The Cairns Road Run­ners ini­tia­tive will con- sist of two cour­ses, a 7km run for adults and their dogs, and dogs and a 2km walk and run for all ages and their ca­nine friends.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Liz Need said they’re ex­pect­ing a pos­i­tive re­sponse for both events.

‘‘With events such as cane toad rac­ing and the highly ac­claimed pet tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion So You Think You Can Bark, there is some­thing sure to ap­peal to ev­ery­one,’’ Ms Need said.

The event hopes to raise $10,000 through fun run en­tries, raf­fle tick­ets and do­na­tions.

Reg­is­tra­tion is $15 for adults, $5 for chil­dren and $30 for fam­i­lies.

The event has been set down for April 20, with check-in start­ing at 7.30am and the fun run be­gin­ning at 8am.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the fun run can be made at http://www.road­run­

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