A Million Paws Walk For Charity

Posted: May 28, 2012 by guryel in Deakin University, Geelong

by  Guryel Ali


On Sunday Geelong’s dog population gathered at Eastern Gardens, a show of overwhelming support of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, the organisation’s biggest fundraising event on the canine calendar. Pooches, yappers and shaggy dogs of all sizes turned up with their owners, making for a wonderful day out for the family.

Ebony McCarthy, Geelong coordinator for the walk, said the event was a huge success with thousands present on the day and figures up from 2011.

“To be able to get a group of people together en masse is brilliant, and every year they keep coming back; they are very supportive and the numbers are growing each year.”

Despite the numbers there were very few disturbances. MC for the day, Jody Keating, said “No matter how many dogs we have there are never any spats, they’re all so well behaved. Occasionally one gets off the lead and does some laps with the owner giving chase.”

Some match making going on?

Money raised for the RSPCA  supports:

  • RSPCA programs,
  • adoption,
  • veterinary services,
  • campaigns, and
  • Inspectorate Services

The event was blessed with beautiful weather, giving the day a carnival feel. Market stalls were in place offering food and the aroma of freshly ground coffee; a sausage sizzle, and homemade Dutch pancakes. Geelong Vet clinics were represented, along with Dog Whisperers for some doggie advice. There were pet care displays, demonstrations and dogs on show.  Prizes were on offer for cutest pet, waggiest tail and best trick. The Clonard College rock band performed live on stage, while Half Cat drew plenty of attention and managed to keep the hounds at bay.

The annual event raises much needed funds for the RSPCA. The Geelong leg of the metro- regional walk raised some $22,000, on the way to the Victorian $500,000 target. You can still show your support online at http://vic.millionpawswalk.com.au

  1. mschneiders says:

    Nice seeing all those dogs out together. I read recently that Australia has a very high level of dog ownership – can’t remember the exact figures but a significant proportion. You could have woven in some of the issues related to dogs (and pets in general) – abandonment, cruelty, rescue etc.
    Well done with your story. Thanks, Mara

  2. lallen1403 says:

    Scooped! And not with a pooper scooper. Great execution, Guryel. I especially liked your vox pops. There’s a Darwin version coming, but it’s much more cursory.

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