Thursday, November 30, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Cuteness For A Cause

The Cannonvale Petstock is giving the gift of happiness and support this Christmas, vowing to raise $800,000 for the Petstock Foundation’s Christmas Project.

The project, beginning October 31 until December 24, will support seven children-focussed charities, with the Queensland specific charity being Smart Pups.

Smart Pups is an organisation dedicated with training and homing assistance dogs with children with a range of abilities, including autism, epilepsy, diabetes, blindness, and mobility conditions.

Helene Christensen, Corporate Specialist Fundraiser for Smart Pups, says, “The contributions to Smart Pups will be a lifeline for our puppy program, touching the hearts of countless families as we continue to train the next generation of medical assistance dogs. These devoted companions will bring hope and support to children with special needs, like those battling epilepsy, diabetes, mobility challenges, and autism.”

Petstock Foundation Strategic Manager, Jessica Curtis says, “This Christmas, the Petstock Foundation’s Christmas Project is empowering children through the unconditional love and magic of pets and animals. Thousands of children each year experience hardship, home instability, serious illness or disability through no fault of their own.”

To get involved, purchase a Christmas bauble from a Petstock store with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards Smart Pups.

Manager of the Cannonvale Petstock Location, Annmarie Beech said that “The community we have here is so generous, rounding up their purchases and donating to the cause. And it goes to such a good cause.”

Petstock Cannonvale will also be holding a Children’s Weekend in December, which will including activities such as colouring competition, live animals and staff embracing Christmas costumes.

WHAT: Children’s Weekend

WHERE: Cannonvale Petstock, Whitsunday Plaza

WHEN: Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10

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