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Dog bogey fun at the AMRRIC office

In August AMRRIC teamed up with the Cathy Freeman Foundation to support their Horizons Program, in the knowledge that such collaboration achieves a far greater reach and success of education programs for Indigenous students. Aligning with the program’s focus to build confidence and leadership skills, strengthen cultural identity and pride, and learn goal setting skills, Cathy Freeman Foundation Programs Manager Cassie Zurek approached AMRRIC to deliver a responsible pet ownership session during one of the program’s school camps.  

The resulting education session, located at the AMRRIC Office in Darwin, focused on being a responsible pet owner, dog care and empathy, the benefits of desexing, and protection of wildlife, and was delivered by AMRRIC’s Education Officer to 18 Horizons Program camp attendees in year 5/6. Of the students who attended the session, nine had travelled from Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island and nine from Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands.

To further support the delivery of education AMRRIC invited Ark Aid Vet Nurse, Jessica along with some of her scaly and fury friends. The students were lucky enough to touch and hold some of the native wildlife Jessica brought along, including a Glider, Blue Tongue Lizard and Bearded Dragon. Kuri the AMRRIC office dog also willingly stood for a bath to teach the students the importance and correct method for washing a dog.

Overall the education session was a great collaborative success and AMRRIC looks forward to future opportunities to work with the Cathy Freeman Foundation and Ark Animal Aid. 


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