Every Christmas bauble will do good
Animates stores across the country are preparing to launch this year’s Tree of Hope fundraiser, with the purchase of $3, $5 or $10 ‘joy, love and hope baubles’ to hang on in-store Christmas trees. Donations can also be made online (www.givealittle.co.nz search “Animates”).
The proceeds will be donated to the SPCA and the Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust, helping them improve the lives of animals, and people like David Gould.
David had owned a pharmacy in Parnell for 30 years when he contracted a pneumococcal septicaemic infection.
The resulting complications cost him his arms, legs, and part of his ears and nose. After major rehabilitation, he was introduced to mobility dog Emmett.
“He does many tasks — he opens doors, barks for help, but the biggest thing he does for me is that he makes me feel confident in the community,” David said.
With Emmett he could go anywhere, and people would approach and talk to him instead of shying away.
“The best part about having Emmett is the companionship. He will stay by my side during the day, sit at my feet in the evening, and then sleep on my bed at night,” he added.
Mobility dogs are trained to provide assistance with everyday tasks for people living with disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy.
Meanwhile SPCA marketing and fundraising manager Dominique Leeming said she was hoping to beat last year’s appeal result of $130,000.
“The joy, love and hope that Animates customers and SPCA supporters give to animals in our care at Christmas is extraordinary, and very gratefully received,” she said.
“Christmas is a very busy time of year at the SPCA, with hundreds of unwanted and unloved animals needing our help, but we can only help them all with your support.”
David Gould and his mobility dog Emmett, the faces of this year’s Animates Tree of Hope fundraiser.