As part of our commitment to supporting Dogs for Kids with Disabilities (DKD) our Community Engagement manager Jo organised a Fundraising screening of Despicable Me 3.
The event featured free face painting, professional photography, a giant aft Minion made from balloons, the chance to meet DKD Assistance and Companion Dogs and a huge raffle with amazing raffle prizes donated by generous local businesses.
Violeta Finance also sponsored the event. The event raised much needed funds for DKD.
Dogs for Kids with Disabilities (DKD) is a not for profit organisation based in Victoria, Australia. Their Assistance and Companion dogs improve the lives of children and young adults who face a range of challenges (including physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders).
DKD specialises in training assistance dogs for children with autism and other developmental disorders. DKD assistance dogs help families in several ways:
they walk tethered beside a child to prevent them running away
they calm a child during a meltdown
they enable a family to access the community and complete regular tasks that were otherwise impossible or too hard to do.
they help to break down social barriers in the community
It costs $25,000 to raise and train an assistance dog for a child with autism and other developmental disorders.