Thursday, June 7, 2012

Super Sup'paw'ter; Cherie Stone

Golden Retriever Hugo completed the RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Sydney Olympic Park for the 3rd year in a row

Congratulations to Cherie Stone for being the RSPCA's Super Sup'paw'ter of the month!

This month RSPCA NSW would like to say a big THANK YOU to Cherie Stone for raising over $4000 for the 2012 Million Paws Walk. This year she came in 2nd as the top individual fundraisers for NSW and last year she came 3rd. This was the third year Mrs Stone, her husband and their Golden Retriever Hugo have fundraised and attended RSPCA's biggest fundraising event to help thousands of animals in need.

According to Mrs Stone, the best way to raise more funds is to start as early as possible and keep reminding people to donate, even if it’s a small amount. As a tax accountant, she also emphasizes that donations are a great way to maximize tax deductions.

"I asked clients and friends to support me in a cause that I strongly believed in and reminded them that you get a tax deduction for any donations over $2. Some gave me large amounts but mostly I urged them to donate as small as $10. I feel a bit pushy sending multiple emails to remind people who haven't donated anything yet but I think it’s worth it in the end," said Mrs Stone.

Mrs Stone felt that just fundraising for the Million Paws Walk was not enough so she became an ‘Animal Advocate’ (regular monthly donor). She didn't want to be one of those people who hears or sees something cruel or horrible and says "that's sad" but then not do anything about it.

A passionate animal lover, Mrs Stone feels that people need to help protect animals as they do not have a voice. She urges others to speak up and advocate for animal welfare or make donations to help organisations like RSPCA.

Anyone can fundraise online for the RSPCA. With tax time just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make a donation or start a fundraising page in lieu of birthdays or weddings. Go to http://www.rspcansw.org.au/get_involved/rspca_fundraising/fundraise to create your own page and start fundraising for the RSPCA!

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