Big-hearted fundraiser

MAAW shelter manager Rosey Skinner and Leonie New of Forest Creek Tattoo are pictured with some of the donated items.

Forest Creek Tattoo has raised more than $11,000 for the Mount Alexander Animal Welfare shelter following a ‘Flash Tattoo Fundraising Day’ for the local charity on Sunday March 12.

Forest Creek Tattoo operator Leonie New said their team admired the work of the local organisation and wanted to raise some funds to help them out.

“We decided to have a Flash Tattoo Fundraiser combined with a raffle. The response was absolutely incredible. We approached a couple of businesses we knew for raffle items and it just grew from there with about 30 generous local businesses reaching out to donate items!” Leonie said.

“We also had a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation and asked clients to donate pet food and bedding.”

Five tattoo artists volunteered their time, working all day and donating all proceeds to MAAW.

MAAW secretary Shirley Hardy-Rix said they were absolutely blown away by the generous support of Forest Creek Tattoo, the tattoo artists who volunteered their services and the generosity of their clients and community members who turned out on the day.

MAAW Shelter manager Rosey Skinner was in attendance and said she was amazed by the outpouring of support and goodwill for MAAW.

“We received some lovely feedback from our community and in the end Leonie, Jade and the incredible Forest Creek Tattoo crew raised a staggering $11,613.70!” she said.

“Thanks to Jade who did a lot of the organising and booking behind the scenes, tattoo artists Leonie, Hannah, Laurette, Adrian and Jake for donating their time, and Leonie’s partner Jase for manning the barbecue.

“This donation will enable us to finish the cattery and undertake some other projects, as well as assist with day to day operations. It means so much to us,” Rosey said.

The generosity continued with one man from Queensland who won two raffle prizes – including a pet grooming voucher – donating them back to MAAW.

“We will be able to use this voucher to groom one of our rescue dogs or gift it to a community member who is doing it tough to have their pet groomed,” Rosey said.

Check out the Forest Creek Tattoo Instagram page for a list of all the generous supporters and be sure you pay them a visit!