Hearing dogs get a hand
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.
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.