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THE Working Dog Challenge Trial and Auction, held at the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange (CTLX) in Carcoar at the end of the month, will have a special donation ticket, with all proceeds going to This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS).
Koonama Working Kelpies kindly donated a puppy named “Bid”, sired by the NSW Yard Dog of the Year 2020 Koonama Cracka, to support the mental health awareness initiative that provides support to all Australians.
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A charity they care about, Nick and Katrina Foster of Koonama, Boorowa, said they did a lot to support mental health and when CTLX’s Brock Syphers mentioned they wanted to do something to raise funds , they started thinking about what to do.
“We lost a very close friend to suicide last year, which is the main reason we donate the pups,” said Mr Foster.
“Mental health is such a big deal in rural communities and it would be good to include working dogs and mental health awareness auctions.”
Born in late September, Mr Foster said the black and tan male kelpie puppy will be shown sheep prior to the auction, with videos available to view on the Koonama Facebook page ahead of the event.
The puppy will be auctioned on Sunday November 28th, with all proceeds going to TIACS. The Fosters hope to put together a package of company donated items for the pup.
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With 430 test dogs and 60 dogs cataloged for the auction, the three day event is expected to attract a crowd of attendees and spectators from all over the east coast.
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