Fundraising campaign where every beanie counts

Therapy dog Ivee and Parade College students Alessandro Mellino (left) and Myles Adlard wear the fundraising beanies (Supplied)

Students from Melbourne’s Parade College are supporting MacKillop Family Services’ Paws4Kids matched giving campaign by selling beanies to raise money for therapy dogs that help vulnerable kids with their learning.

Paws4Kids supports MacKillop’s Paw Pals program, which works with therapy dogs to help children who are disengaged (or at risk of disengaging) from education to manage their emotions, improve their confidence and reconnect with their education.

Paws4Kids takes place on Wednesday, April 28, when every dollar donated will be tripled by generous matching partners to raise $250,000 for Paw Pals.

Parade College, which has two campuses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, at Bundoora and Preston, supported Paws4Kids by donating $5 per beanie from the sale of 1125 school beanies to raise $5625 for the program.

Nichole Alfreds, fundraising manager for MacKillop, said the funds raised will enable the program to support more children who need help to stay engaged with education.

“Our therapy dogs provide a lifeline to many children and young people in out of home care by ensuring they continue a valuable link to their education,” Ms Alfreds said.

“Funds raised through Paws4Kids will enable us to expand the program and people can donate to Paws4Kids from now to Wednesday 28 April."

Every donation to Paws4Kids will be tripled by a group of generous matching partners, until the goal of $250,000 to fund the continuation of the program is reached.



Parade students raise funds for Paws4Kids (MacKillop Family Services)


Call to support Paws4Kids campaign to provide therapy dogs for children (Catholic Education Commission of Victoria) 

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