Dogged enthusiasm .. A scene from 2016's Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials. PHOTO: ODT FILES

Hospice Southland is to benefit from this year’s Southern Indoor Charity Dog Trials.

This will be the third event of its kind held at the Southern Field Days indoor site at Waimumu.

Secretary Sharon Paterson said in a letter to sponsors, the event raised $7000 in its first year and last year’s figure was $6000, which was donated to St John Hokonui to go towards the station rebuild.

“This year we are supporting Hospice Southland, as we feel this may affect any one of us or our family at some time or other,” Mrs Paterson said in the letter.

Demand had also prompted organisers to run the event over three days instead of two.

Organising committee member Graeme Keown said last year the event had to be extended to cater for the large number of entries the trials attracted.

Last year the event had more than 170 entries, hence the decision to extend the competition by one day.

“It’s for a very good cause. We’ve made a lot of money in the last two years,” Mr Keown said.

One of the attractions of the event was that it was held at a time of the year when there were few trials, he said.

The previous two years had attracted a lot of entries from Canterbury.

The organising of the event was well under way, he said.

There were still some stalls available for businesses.

The public was welcome to attend the event and also donate to the cause.

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