Canterbury staff members and their doggie friends were amongst the thousands of people who participated in RSPCA’s May 18 Million Paws Walk at Sydney Olympic Park.
Dubbed RSPCA’s biggest and most important fundraiser, the beautiful day attracted an estimated crowd of 6,000 and 5,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes. There were merchandise and food stalls set up, sausage sizzles, music and entertainment, and fun competitions on the day for people and their pooches to enjoy.
The four kilometre course went around the picturesque grounds of Sydney Olympic Park before finishing at Cathy Freeman Park. There was a shorter two kilometre course for owners with older dogs with physical challenges.
“It was a great day for the RSPCA and animal lovers alike in support of a great cause. It was a fantastic chance for families to come out with their dogs and enjoy the carnival atmosphere,” said Greg Bygraves, General Marketing Sales and Manager of Canterbury League Club who attended the event with his family and pet Pug/Jack Russell cross, Manny.
All funds raised through Million Paws Walk go towards preventing and responding to animal cruelty cases. Last year RSPCA NSW received over 14,600 calls reporting instances of animal cruelty.
“Canterbury staff had a wonderful time doing the walk with their families, friends and canine mates. There were so many fun activities and live entertainment that made it a great day out. Thank you to all staff who participated” said Karen Edwards, General Manager Human Resources of Canterbury League Club who walked with her family and pet dog, Chip.
So far RSCPA NSW has raised over $210,000 of their $300,000 goal. People who would still like to donate can do so here