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Canine capers...Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials raised $7000 for the Gore St John rebuild, (from left) event organiser Jim McIntyre, chairman Mike Joyce, St John area executive Vicki Kelly, station manager David Bone and St John para medic Bev Cruickshank along with some working dogs were present at the handover of money. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

A windfall of $7000, proceeds of the first Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials, was presented to Gore St John for the station rebuild this week.

The trials were held at the Southern Field Days Agricentre in Waimumu last month.

About 170 competitors entered the trials, which organisers hailed as a resounding success.

St John area executive Vicki Kelly said receiving the money raised by the trials was wonderful.

“It’s a good amount to go towards our building.”

Chairman Mike Joyce, of Wendon Valley, said organisers were thrilled with the result. All the feedback from the event was positive. It drew competitors from as far away as Canterbury, who were very positive about the event.

Mr Joyce said it would be repeated as a charity fundraiser next year.

“It’s a pretty painless way of raising a bit of money.”

The trials not only won the support of competitors, they also drew the support of sponsors, which made the fundraiser more successful.