Smart Pups is an Assistance Dogs Organisation proudly supported by the club and hotel industry. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Smart Pups provides trained service dogs to assist children with special needs. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of children with special needs by training dogs in task-specific skills.
Each year, the club and pub industry get together to raise much needed funds for Smart Pups at the annual luncheon at The Paddo Tavern in Brisbane. This year’s event featured guest speaker and Smart Pups Patron Dawn Fraser, world boxing champion Danny Green, and rock legend Jon Stevens.
On the day $204,720 was raised, with an additional $200,000 donated by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Each year the event presents a family with the pup that Smart Pups will train for their child with special needs. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when hotel operator Tom McGuire presented Smart Pup Tom, (named after Tom McGuire in honour of his long-term dedication to this event) to Pip, a young autistic girl, and her mother Rachel.
You can see some highlights of the day (including very cute puppy photos) here >>>>
You can donate directly to Smart Pups here >>> https://www.smartpups.org.au/