Cheque brings welcome paws for thought

ASQ's Danielle Cuskelly and Lis Templeton present a Community Rewards Program cheque to Mount Alexander Animal Welfare's Castlemaine shelter manager Rosie Skinner, while Griff The Dog looks on. Photo: Eve Lamb

In the past few days the crew at Mount Alexander Animal Welfare’s Castlemaine animal shelter have received more than 6000 good reasons to pause and celebrate.

Danielle Cuskelly and Lis Templeton of ASQ Garden and Landscape last week dropped by, shouldering a cheque for $6560 and the pleasant task of presenting it to the local animal shelter.

The donated dollars are the result of ASQ’s Community Rewards Program, under which VIP customers across all of ASQ’s local retail outlets are able to nominate a good community cause to receive a portion of proceeds from their purchases.

“It’s always such a fun job to be able to give back to the community,” Danielle said as she and Lis handed over the cheque to MAAW’s Castlemaine shelter manager Rosie Skinner.

The cheque presentation to MAAW was among several they made as part of the Community Rewards Program last week, with others going to Harcourt CFA, Harcourt Valley Primary School, Campbells Creek Primary School and the Mount Alexander Respite Group.

Rosie says the dollars that have been presented to MAAW will go towards ongoing improvements and operations of the Castlemaine shelter, which plays a vital role in rehoming homeless domestic animals in Mount Alexander Shire.

“We’re very, very grateful that the community has thought of us and ASQ customers have nominated us,” Rosie said.

“We’re planning on using the money in some of upgrades here at the shelter.”