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Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust

About us We are a small charity that has been going for 10 years - however the first 6 of those were the Founders (Julie and Ric Hancox) working on their own. We provide service dogs for people with disabilities, some being children with autism, cerebral palsy, degenerative disorders resulting in wheel chair use, and adults with diabetes, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Epilepsy. The dogs we provide perform tasks for our clients which enable them, and there families, to function better in their homes and communities. We are internationally accredited by Assistance Dogs International and therefore recognised by the New Zealand Government which grants our dogs public access. We breed our own dogs, raise the puppies within the community (our amazing volunteer families), train the dogs and place and train the teams (dog and client/family) as well as provide a follow up service for the dogs working life. Our Collection/Appeals Week We have been having an annual collection for four years now, however this is the first official one on the South Island. Up until now some of our clients have been collecting for us. This year we have booked 3 days at the Palms and Riccarton Westfield, and one day at Northlands. The dates for these are 10th, 11th and 12th August. What we are aiming for is people covering two hour slots in pairs. If people do not have a pair we will provide one. The day starts at 9 and finishes at 6pm. If people can only do an hour we will be very grateful for this.