A Brisbane family has been given a hand up, to help purchase a Smart Pup Assistance Dog to improve the quality of life of their Autistic son.
The Queensland Masonic Touring Club and Hand Heart Pocket, collectively contributed $6000 towards the purchase of the specially trained canine, who is expected to help reduce the teenager’s stress levels and anxiety – having a positive impact on the entire family.
Club Secretary, Glenice Allman said the Club wanted to help the family who had been trying to raise the funds themselves.
“We’re really pleased to have been able to assist. Smart Pups have this wonderful calming presence and we’re very hopeful that Rainer’s new furry friend will improve and enrich his life each day.” Glenice said.
“It will give Rainer the chance to spend more time outdoors and help him adjust to different social situations over time and perhaps make some new friends along the way,” she said.
The family will receive the smart pup within the year, after it has been fully trained and successfully completes home placement sessions.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark gave the Queensland Masonic Touring Club a big thumbs up for this initiative.
“The Queensland Masonic Touring Club has been the catalyst in all of this. Their drive is very admirable,” Gary said.
“Hand Heart Pocket stepped in to help the Club with their fundraising because we believe in empowering people to lead better lives. We can see that this initiative would be life-changing for Rainer and his family,” Gary said.
Photo: Members of the Queensland Masonic Touring Club Roy and Ann Fursman, Ann Shaw, Rosemary and Tom Schwabe, Bev and Reay Pool with Rainer and his family.