Our first online raffle raises $5000 with the help of local accounting firm, SMART Business Solutions.
Like most charities, Dogs for Kids relies heavily on fundraising, community support, and the generosity of its donors for much needed income. For the past few years, Mornington accounting firm, SMART Business Solutions, has supported Dogs for Kids’ fundraising with a major event sponsorship.
However, this year proved a challenge with all the social distancing limitations and Dogs for Kids was unable to fundraise in the usual way by hosting their end of financial year Trivia Night. But thanks to the magic of the internet, webinar apps and one very smart pup, SMART Business Solutions found a way to continue their support with an online raffle that was drawn live but with a difference…it featured Theo, a former Dogs for Kids pup as ‘barrel boy’.
“We promoted the Dogs for Kids’ online raffle fundraiser on our social media channels and direct database and were able to sell 125 raffle tickets”, said Shannon Smit, Director of SMART Business Solutions. “With each ticket costing $20 bringing ticket sales to a total of $2,500, SMART Business Solutions has dollar matched the full amount and has donated $5,000 to Dogs for Kids. We love supporting local charitable organisations and it’s great to know our community can work together to do something really beneficial”.
According to Dogs for Kids Board Director Tracey Harris, it has been incredibly heartening to see their support base embrace technology and get behind this new online initiative.
“Dogs for Kids relies on donations and fundraising to make a real difference to the lives of others. The ongoing support provided by SMART Business Solutions means we’re able to continue training our beautiful dogs as they work towards becoming Assistance and Therapy dogs for children and families in need,” she said.
Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support with prizes: Crown Promenade, Ragamuffin Pet Photography, Coles Myer, Village Cinemas, and Oh Crap Poop Bags and huge thanks to the team at Smart Business Solutions for their passion and commitment.