Hospice benefits from success of dog trials

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Generosity... Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials committee chairman Mike Joyce, flanked by committee member Graeme Keown, presents a $10,000 cheque to Hospice Southland general manager Flora Gikison and Gore Hospice Shop manager Sue Neiman. The money was raised at the dog trails held at Waimumu in August. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON.

In the past four years, a Gore district event has raised $34,000 for charity.

The Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials held at the Southern Field Days Waimumu site in August added a further $10,000 to the tally which it gave to Hospice Southland recently.

Committee chairman Mike Joyce said given businesses had a tough year, the committee was not as focused as usual on seeking sponsorship.

“We were just keen to have a dog trial,” Mr Joyce said.

However, Gore businesses had been right behind the event.

“It made it just as successful as ever.”

There was a small group on the committee who worked hard to make the event a success so it was pleasing the same amount of money had been raised this year as last, he said.

“We’re pretty chuffed about it.”

The Covid-19 lockdown resulted in the dog trial season being cut short earlier in the year and triallists were glad to be out competing again.

One hundred and seventy competitors took part. Some travelled from as far away as Blenheim.

Hospice Southland general manager Flora Gilkison said the organisation was pleased to receive the cheque.

“It’s absolutely fantastic and representative of the generosity of the Gore area,” Mrs Gilkison said.