Caladenia Primary makes donations to animal society


Melanie Jackson from the Animal Protection Society with their dog Dane (centre) received gifts collected by students at Caladenia Primary School, (l-r) back: Dylan Lyonnet (12), Shen Ngetich (12), Ryan Wilkinson (11), Disarnia Naidoo (11) and teacher Charlene Ashby. Front: Luke Veneris (12), Ethan Railton (11), Kiera Newbegin (11), Sophie Werder (11), Mieke Nicolai (11) and Vanessa Bailey (11). Picture: Marie Nirme
Melanie Jackson from the Animal Protection Society with their dog Dane (centre) received gifts collected by students at Caladenia Primary School, (l-r) back: Dylan Lyonnet (12), Shen Ngetich (12), Ryan Wilkinson (11), Disarnia Naidoo (11) and teacher Charlene Ashby. Front: Luke Veneris (12), Ethan Railton (11), Kiera Newbegin (11), Sophie Werder (11), Mieke Nicolai (11) and Vanessa Bailey (11). Picture: Marie Nirme

POOCHES at the Southern River Animal Protection Society will be well fed and warm, after a student body-led campaign for food and bedding donations at Caladenia Primary School.

The student executive and teacher Charlene Ashby were inspired to start a donation drive in June, and approached the Animal Society for the best way to help.

The Animal Protection Society is a not-for-profit refuge for homeless cats and dogs supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, who give up their own time to care for abandoned animals.

The main goal of the shelter is to care for these homeless pets for life, if needed, but at the very least, until they find a loving home with a responsible owner.

Last week the enthusiastic youngsters handed over goods worth more that $1000 to shelter representative Melanie Jackson and her dog Dane.

Mrs Ashby said it was rewarding to see the students set an altruistic goal and go on to achieve it so successfully.

“It is always rewarding when young people seek out the chance to make a real difference in their local community,” she said.