Christmas spirit sees Paws and Claws win raffle success

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Victoria Stone-Meadows

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CHUFFED: Paws and Claws volunteers Ann Ireland and Michelle Simone with Mary Irvin from Coles Port Douglas. Image: Supplied.
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The Paws and Claws Christmas Raffle has raised almost $2000 for the embattled animal refuge.

The raffle was held over three days leading up to Christmas with volunteers working tirelessly to sell tickets and raise money to help with the relocation costs of the shelter.

Ann Ireland from the Paws and Claws Fundraising Team said the community support for the shelter is as strong as ever.

“Paws and Claws want to thank all those who bought tickets, those who donated their hard earned cash, and to our supporters who donate wonderful prizes so willingly and continuously help us fight for the animals of Douglas Shire,” she said.

“I have no problems getting raffle prizes when I tell local businesses what we are fundraising for; everyone wants us to keep going and we are extremely grateful.”


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The money raised through the raffle will go towards soundproofing the inside of the new animal refuge building. 

The animal shelter was given the go-ahead from Council to move into a new building in Craiglie in August last year.

Since then, a number of objections to the planning permit have seen the project stalled and the future home of the shelter left in limbo.

Representatives from Paws and Claws and representatives of the objectors will face the Planning and Environment Court in February in an attempt to come to a resolution.

Meanwhile, the Paws and Claws team are remaining positive and are hopeful the money raised through the raffle will go towards fitting out the new building.

“We have lots of internal soundproofing to do as we are building a state-of-the-art individual kennels and soundproofing in between them,” Ms Ireland said.

“These kennels will be even more soundproofed inside than outside but it is quite expensive and we need to raise a lot of money.

“We want to make sure that when we open everything is 100 per cent correct.” 


Congratulations to all of the Paws and Claws Christmas Raffle Winners:

1st Prize - Quicksilver Reef Trip for Two - Doug Quarry
2nd Prize - Night at the Sheraton for Two with Breakfast in Feast Restaurant - Trevor Sands
3rd Prize - Christmas Gift Hamper - Rachael Jesser
4th Prize - Barbados $50 Voucher - Marin Maricic
5th Prize - Rattle & Hum $50 Voucher - Chantelle Ngatai
6th Prize - My Italian Baby $50 Voucher - Angela Paulsen
7th Prize - Wheelie Good Coffee $50 Voucher - Maddie Dennis

 

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