Hear­ing dogs get a hand

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Peggy the dog is a hugely im­por­tant part of An­gus McDon­ald’s life.

The Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf chair­man re­lies on her to hear the door­bell, and help him out in an emer­gency.

There are only 51 dogs like Peggy in New Zealand, and each costs $13,500 to train.

So when Mr McDon­ald dis­cov­ered his or­gan­i­sa­tion had been cho­sen to ben­e­fit from the up­com­ing Gro­cery Char­ity Ball, he was thrilled.

The Septem­ber 26 event will be at­tended by mem­bers of the gro­cery in­dus­try and all pro­ceeds will be given to Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf and chil­dren’s helpline What’s Up.

Gro­cery Char­ity Ball Trustee Rob Davis says he was pleased to be able to sup­port Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf.

“This is a re­ally de­serv­ing group of peo­ple who have worked very hard,” he says.

“They don’t have a lot of funds so this has re­ally lifted their spirit.”

The Gro­cery Char­ity Ball has been run­ning for five years and has raised more than $1 mil­lion for char­i­ties.

Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf and What’s Up were cho­sen by a panel of trustees from more than 40 ap­pli­ca­tions.

What’s Up will re­ceive 70 per­cent of pro­ceeds while Hear­ing Dogs will re­ceive 30 per­cent.

Trustee Karen Clark says it is al­ways dif­fi­cult to choose be­tween the groups.

“It is very hard to de­cide who de­serves it most be­cause they all do,” she says.

“It is a needs-based thing and we like to give char­ity a real hand.”

Mr McDon­ald says Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf will use the funds to train new dogs and try and re­duce their wait­ing list.

“This is re­ally good for us,” he says.

The Gro­cery Char­ity Ball is at the Sky City Con­ven­tion cen­tre on Septem­ber 26.

Tick­ets are $295 per per­son. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gro­cerychar­i­ty­ball.org.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Help­ing hand: Gro­cery Char­ity Ball trustees Karen Clark, left, and Rob Davis, right, with An­gus McDon­ald of Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf and his dog Peggy. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been cho­sen as a ben­e­fi­ciary of the 2008 Gro­cery Char­ity Ball.

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