The RSPCA’S annual fundraising event, the Million Paws Walk is fast approaching with over 25,000 participants expected to attend walks around Victoria with their pooches.
The event will be held on Sunday 21 May, to raise essential funds to help support over 28,000 animals that enter shelters each year. Participants are encouraged to register both themselves and their pets or enter in teams.
The walk is in its 22nd year and is the RSPCA’s largest fundraising event. The walk raises money for RSPCA shelters as well as community works and projects.
Kate Skinner, Million Paws Walk Coordinator for Mornington Peninsula said the Victorian Million Paws Walk raised over $500,000 last year.
“Only a few years ago our numbers were around 800. The last two years have seen that many dogs and over 1,000 attendees of adults and children”
In Victoria alone, over $46,000 has already been raised and over $250,000 nationally.
Locations vary from state to state; Victorians can attend walks in seventeen different locations including Albert Park, Geelong, Ballarat and Mornington Peninsula.
Post-walk activities are planned at each location including dog entertainment and free pet grooming.
“We also have live music, a variety of sweet and savory food trucks and the ever important opportunities to make small donations in return for goodies such as RSPCA merchandise and novelty items”
Pre-registration for all walks is recommended due to a large number of participants expected to attend.
“It is a huge undertaking to get everyone registered before the start time, so if you want to get involved at the start line, come early and be organized”
Volunteer positions are also open with the Albert Park event needing over 200 roles filled before the fundraiser. Students and other willing volunteers can apply directly to the RSPCA via their website.
All proceeds go towards assisting animals in the RSPCA’S care.
To register and for more information visit: https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/