Property group Ray White is planning a national Backyard Pooch Party event with offices across the country joining in to raise funds for various animal-focused charities such as RSPCA and the World Wildlife Fund.
Held on March 29 at local parks and open to anyone across Australia, the event will consist of a picnic BBQ, freebies and lots of fetch – and as a pawsome bonus will also be raising money for their chosen bushfire or wildlife charities.
Ray White Group Chief Executive of Growth Mark McLeod said it’s important for Ray White offices to get involved with their communities and to give back where they can.
“The Ray White Backyard Pooch Party Campaign helps us to connect with all members of our communities and also provides a wonderful opportunity to raise money for a charity,” Mr McLeod said.
“If you walk around any typical Australian or New Zealand suburb you will see dogs playing a huge role in Australian and New Zealand family life.
“This is a great initiative to start long-term deep relationships with all the dog-loving members of our communities.”
Ray White Killcare Peninsula will be getting involved in New South Wales with the day being held at Pretty Beach.
Principal Lea Turner said the Backyard Pooch Party should be a huge success in the dog-loving community of the peninsula.
“We’re really excited about our Backyard Pooch Party and we’ve already come up with lots of good ideas like a prize for the best-dressed dog and human partnership,” Ms Turner said.
“People are outnumbered here by dogs – it’s definitely a dog community and everywhere you go there are dog-friendly businesses, so this is the perfect event for the area.
“We decided to donate to the World Wildlife Fund because we wanted to keep with the theme of the day and plus with the state of the wildlife after the fires, they definitely need it.”
Queensland office Ray White Cairns South is holding its Backyard Pooch Party at Fuller Park, Edmonton, and will be donating funds from the day to RSPCA.
Office principal Therese Plath said she feels the day will bring the local community together for a good cause.
“We see this as taking part in our local community and many of our past and present clients have dogs so it’s a great way to bring everyone together,” Ms Plath said.
“We have chosen to donate to the RSPCA because they do a lot of wonderful work for the community and certainly help with saving dogs that might otherwise be euthanised.”
The Backyard Pooch Party is part of the real estate industry bushfire relief initiative Beyond the Bricks, which has so far raised more than $1.2 million to go to those in need.
Other Backyard Pooch Parties taking place across the country are:
Ray White Nagambie: Blayney Reserve, Nagambie at 10:30am
Ray White Taylors Lakes: Green Gully Reserve, Melbourne at 11am
Ray White Rural Timboon: Timboon City at 11am
Ray White Glenroy: Sewell Reserve, Glenroy at 12pm
Ray White Townsville: The Strand Park, Townsville at 8am
Ray White Surfers Paradise: Jack Gordon Park, Main Beach at 10am
Ray White Mt Gambier: Mount Gambier Railway Lands at 11am
Ray White Broome: Tanami Park, Broome North at 11am