Henri’s on a mission for poor
WHEN the Mission Australia team meets to discuss the finer details of the 2016 Christmas Lunch in the Park (CLIP), four-year-old Henri is never far away.
The teacup schnauzer has already helped to collect thousands of dollars worth of vouchers and hundreds of presents for the men, women and children who will attend year’s 41st event at Wellington Square Park in East Perth.
Henri’s owner Grace Lander, of Bayswater, is volunteering for the Christmas Day event for the second year but it is the first time she has got her pooch involved.
“Henri’s been to every Mission Australia meeting. He’s like our mascot,” Ms Lander said.
“I had a housewarming party and all his mates from the park came to raise money for Mission Australia and donate gifts.
“We were having coffee at Mrs. S recently and a young staff member came out who knows Henri and gave me an envelope with $20 in it for Mission Australia.” Ms Lander said Henri was a “gift from god”. Four years ago, the animal lover “heard on the grapevine” that a breeder had shipped Henri from Texas but his crooked teeth meant he was not suitable for breeding.
“So I went to Wembley Downs and picked him up,” Ms Lander said.
“I didn’t know what he would look like but we’ve been together ever since.”
Ms Lander said CLIP was close to her heart because it brought all types of people together.
“The child who wakes up Christmas Day and has nothing to look forward to will go to lunch and Santa will give him a gift and that’s when they know they are loved and that’s so important,” she said.
CLIP still needs donations of gifts for teenagers and people are encouraged to donate online to buy someone lunch or sponsor a table.
Visit http://www.chris tmasl unchinthe park. com.au.
Grace Lander with Henri, who has been helping out Mission Australia.