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By Brendan Rees

A Botanic Ridge business owner led a ‘pawfect’ fund-raiser walk with a group of people and their beloved pooches to fight cancer, leaving many tails wagging with excitement.
Forty-five people brought their four-legged friends together for a five-kilometre walk in Tyabb on Sunday 10 September, raising $820 for the Cancer Council of Victoria.
Event organiser and owner of Puppy Tales Photography in Botanic Ridge, Kerry Martin, said the Tales of Fluff team was thrilled with the funds raised, which were well beyond their expectations.
“We were blessed with incredible support from the dog loving community and small local businesses, and also with great weather.
“This fund-raiser makes our Tales of Fluff team one of the highest fund-raisers for the upcoming Bark for Life event, and has us well on our way to achieving our fund-raising target. Another social event is planned for October and we welcome any dog lovers to join the ‘Tales of Fluff’ team for Bark for Life.”
Ms Martin said money from the walk was raised from participation fees, a raffle kindly donated by Best Friends, Mornington with Miss Drew’s Bakery and Cafe and Coffee Love Van also donating 10 per cent of the day’s purchases.
She said the Bark for Life event celebrated the ‘pawsitive’ role dogs played in supporting those with cancer, while raising vital funds for cancer research, prevention, and support services.
“Most people have been affected by cancer in one way or another – be it themselves or close family and friends, so that makes this an incredibly worthwhile fund-raising initiative.
“As we dog lovers are always looking for dog inclusive events and ways to get out and about with our best buddies, this makes it a pawfect event in our books.”
At the end of the walk the Tales of Fluff team were treated to a puppachino courtesy of Miss Drew’s Bakery and Dog Cafe in Tyabb.
The Bark for Life event will be held on Sunday 29 October from 10am at Jells Park South (Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill).

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