South Johnstone State School Junior Red Cross give back to the community

Richard Dodson and Dianne Dodson (Red Cross leader), South Johnstone State School Principal, Christine Pascoe, with Junior Red Cross members, Amber, Lucas, Alyssa, Shelby, and Destiny, who recently presented the pet food to Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws’ Manager, David Mason.

SOUTH Johnstone State School’s Junior Red Cross members gave back to the local community after holding a Movie Night and raising $169 to purchase pet food, which they recently donated to the Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws animal refuge in Innisfail.

Students who attended the Movie Night were required to give a gold coin or a can of pet food.

The event was set up and run by Red Cross members, with the help of Red Cross Group Leader, Maryellen Butler, and members agreed that any funds raised would be used to purchase pet food for the animal refuge.

Red Cross Group Leader, Dianne Dodson, and Principal, Christine Pascoe, accompanied Junior Red Cross members when they attended the refuge and personally presented the pet food to David Mason, who has been the Refuge Manager for two years.

SJSS has 14 Junior Red Cross members and every Tuesday, members of the Silkwood/Kurrimine branch visit the school and do activities such as sewing and making gifts for residents at Warrina and Villa Nova aged care homes. 

Principal, Christine Pascoe, commented that students at the school value the importance of giving back to the wider community and establishing local connections. 

Mr Mason advised that as the refuge was a not-for-profit organisation, he was very appreciative of the generous donation made by the students. 

“Currently, we have many dogs and cats which have been dumped, abused, or abandoned, so they need a lot of love and attention.” 

“Of course, our aim is to eventually put these beautiful animals up for adoption and find loving forever homes for these fur babies.”

Volunteers with a love of animals are always welcome to assist with walking dogs in the mornings from 9.00am – 11.00am, and afternoons between 3.30pm – 5.30pm, which would be ideal for a retiree. 

The refuge has several permanent volunteers but is always looking for more people to assist, especially dog walkers. 

For more information, please contact David on Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm, on 0428 807 461.

Volunteers need to be aged 16+ to be on their own, and those under the age of 16 require adult supervision.

Bins are located at Woolworths and Coles stores in Innisfail where members of the community can donate wet/dry dog and cat food, (especially kitten and puppy food), animal treats, toys, blankets, collars, leads, beds, bowls, cat litter, etc., which are all much appreciated.

The refuge is located at 27 Downing Street and, for further information and to view the lovely animals up for adoption, please visit the Cassowary Coast Paws & Claws Inc Facebook page. 

Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9.00am – 11.00am, as well as Saturday mornings from 8.00am – 9.30am.

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