St Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is 4 October, is known for his love of animals. There are often events related to animals in churches and parishes around the world during the month of October.
The International Outreach committee of St. John the Baptist parish, Glenorchy, Tasmania, is working to help the Salesians in Nepal and took advantage of this opportunity to organize a community pet parade. Pet owners from far and near were invited to show off their pets on Sunday afternoon 22 October at the Guilford Young College oval, next to St John’s Church.
An enthusiastic group of pets and owners gathered and enjoyed a beautiful spring day as the pets vied to be the cutest, the best behaved and, the most spirited. Parishioners, members of the general public and students from Guilford Young College and Dominic College participated and brought some interesting four-footed and feathered friends with them. Among them were a miniature pony and her foal, a cockatoo, a number of dogs (many of them ‘rescued’) and a Dorper ram on his way to the Royal Hobart Show! Ms Jane Myers from Dominic College kindly accepted the unenviable task of Judge and Leone Burston treated us to a lively and informative commentary.
There were hot-dogs or a ‘Cuppa and cake’ for hungry human beings. A raffle and guessing the number of cat biscuits in the jar games added to the fundraising efforts.
All money raised goes to support students at the Don Bosco Technical School, Biratnagar Nepal who are undertaking courses in construction and tourism.
The next parish fundraiser for Nepal is a concert at the Church on December 9 at 2:30 pm. Entry by donation, includes afternoon tea.
By Mary-Ann Johnson