A few months ago the Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS), encouraged the Canberra community to enter photos of their pets into their Pets of Canberra Calendar competition. They received over 200 entries! Well done Canberra!
Celebrity Judges Kristen Henry (Mix 106.3), Alan Tongue (NRL), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies Rugby), Juliet Moody (SparrowFolk), Amanda Whitley (HerCanberra), Adam Shirley (ABC Radio), Sia Soliola (Canberra Raiders), Derek Tidey (Crimsafe), David Tyack (Canberra Milk), Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, Mirjana Wilson (DVCS CEO) and DVCS Staff selected 12 amazing pets, including dogs, cats, a rat, a rabbit and a frog who will all appear on the calendar, plus another dog, Chompy who will appear on the cover. Chompy won an online auction ensuring his appearance on the calendar.
These amazing pets had their photographs taken by five local, professional photographers, and the results were fantastic!
“We were overwhelmed with the number of entries we received. It made selecting 12 winners incredibly difficult” said DVCS CEO, Mirjana Wilson. “The majority of entries we received were dogs, but we wanted to ensure we also featured a variety of animals, such as the rabbit, rat and frog. We received entries of a Mexican Walking Fish, more rats and rabbits and even stick insects. The range was great and we were so happy to have such engagement from the community around us.”
The calendars are now on sale for pre-orders via the DVCS webpage at $30 each (including postage), or you can grab a deal at $55 for two. All the money raised from the competition and the proceeds of the sale of the calendar will be used to support pets who are experiencing domestic and family violence.
“Pets are a contributing factor to why people don’t leave violent relationships. They are often worried about how to flee with the pet or what might happen to the pet if it is left at home. Sometimes children are attached to pets and the thought of splitting them up is very upsetting. Fortunately, we are able to accommodate cats, small dogs and other small animals in some of our emergency accommodation. And for those that we can’t, we need to place into private boarding facilities and sometimes ensure their vaccinations are up to date. That all costs money, so we rely on this new fundraising initiative to care for these animals.”
Calendars are available for pre-order now, with delivery expected in early December. They are a perfect Christmas present and include all ACT Public Holidays and significant dates on the DVCS calendar in 2019.
“We think the calendars make great Christmas presents and would love for the Canberra community to order as many as they can to help us spread the joy of our wonderful local pets and help us continue to support pets subjected to domestic and family violence,” Ms Wilson said.
Calendars are available for pre-order now via the DVCS webpage. An express post option is available at the time of ordering.