Pets rise to the challenge in campaign for sick kids

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Paws for Sick Kids
The Randwick House’s chief cheer officer, Wilbur the house dog, is a therapy dog in training and he provides a very welcome distraction to those who stay at the House. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney (RMHCS) is calling on all Australians—including our beloved 29 million pets—to make a positive difference for seriously ill children and their families by registering for a fun and unique new campaign called Paws For Sick Kids.

Furry, feathery, scaly and slimy, pets of all varieties can take to the spotlight by partaking in campaign challenges of varying skill levels. 

Challenges include easy-level selfies, medium-level temptation challenges where pets must resist touching their favourite food or toy when their owner leaves the room; and hard-level challenges where animals follow a pathway of treats that they eat in a particular pattern.

Alternatively, participants can choose their own daily challenges to complete during the course of one week from 2-8 August 2020. Registrations open via the Paws For Sick Kids website on 22 June 2020.

Those who register are encouraged to share snaps and videos of their pets’ attempts at the challenges (with bloopers welcome!) using #PawsForSickKids on social media.

The campaign also features competitions judged by RMHCS’ resident dog, Wilbur, with many prizes to be won.

While a monetary donation to RMHCS isn’t required to take part in the campaign, participants can recruit sponsors for each challenge to help raise much-needed funds for RMHC Sydney.

“Paws for Sick Kids is by design a cheerful campaign,” RMHCS CEO Simone Daher said.

“We want it to brighten the moods of the families we support, as well as positively engage the general community after what has been such a difficult 2020 to date for us all.

“Pets provide a really unique form of comfort and we want to celebrate that as well as fundraise for our important programs and services.”

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