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Grant helps wheels turn for charity

The Buderim Foundation has replaced a van for vital animal work.

A local animal shelter will now have a more-convenient way to transport rescue cats and dogs after almost 12 months of fundraising.

The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (SCARS) has unveiled its new, vibrantly wrapped vehicle – thanks to grants from the Buderim Foundation, Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Central and individual donations from local supporters.

SCARS patron Penny Brischke says the initiative to raise funds for a new vehicle started in May last year when the refuge’s existing vehicle was taken off the road due to old age.

“When our old refuge van finally gave up, it was clear we would need the support of our community and local organisations as large transport vehicles are a significant financial investment,” she says. “We are so grateful for the generosity we have been shown with this project.”

Buderim Foundation chair Rod McKinnon says the organisation is pleased to award SCARS $10,000 as part of the 2023 Community Grants program.

“Our domestic pets play an important part in many of our lives, and we are very pleased to assist SCARS to purchase this van which helps them in their vital work to ensure animals in need are cared for properly,” Mr McKinnon says.

Ms Brischke says the most critical use of the refuge vehicle is to transport cats and dogs that require speciality medical treatment at an external veterinary clinic.

“However, we also utilise our van to take dogs on out-of-refuge walks, to collect food donations, to bring in animals for veterinary care when the owner is homeless and to drop off or collect animals from foster carers or the council pound when required.

The Buderim Foundation Community Grants program offers up to $10,000 for local organisations with initiatives that make a positive impact on the Buderim community.

Applications for the 2024 program open in May. Visit buderimfoundation.org.au.

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