Show of sup­port for char­ity causes

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days cus­tomers at An­i­mates Botany helped raise nearly $7500 for Mo­bil­ity Dogs As­sis­tance Trust and the SPCA.

The money col­lected was through An­i­mates’ Giv­ing Tree ini­tia­tive, where clients made do­na­tions to their pre­ferred char­ity and se­lected a yule­tide bauble, writ­ing a per­son­alised mes­sage and hang­ing it on the in-store Christ­mas tree.

Botany store man­ager Avneel Ku­mar says staff are proud to have raised more than $7000.

‘‘We’re thank­ful to have such gen­er­ous cus­tomers who are stand­ing with us to con­tinue to sup­port these amaz­ing char­i­ties.

‘‘An­i­mates has a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with both SPCA and Mo­bil­ity Dogs As­sis­tance Trust. At the Botany store my­self and my staff are proud to be able to be a part of sup­port­ing what both of these char­i­ties do.’’

All up, the re­cent Christ­mas cam­paign raised $118,000 through An­i­mates stores na­tion­wide.

Mo­bil­ity Dogs gen­eral man­ager Jody Wil­son says do­na­tions from the ini­tia­tive will go to­wards rais­ing and train­ing an ad­di­tional Mo­bil­ity Dog this year.

SPCA NZ act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen is also grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity of Ki­wis whose do­na­tions will go to­wards res­cu­ing, re-hom­ing and treat­ing an­i­mals in need and help­ing the SPCA in over-stretched cen­tres.

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Amy Rose Ho­gan with loyal mo­bil­ity dog Mary and the Giv­ing Tree in the back­ground.

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