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Working like a dog . . . The Aspiring Avalanche Dog team (from left) Brendan Kearns with Millie, Matt Gunn with Rocket, Callum Grant with Zeffer and Andy Wardell with Tuk. PHOTO: RHONDA VAN ROODEN

Aspiring Avalanche Dogs was given a 10th birthday gift to the tune of $5000 thanks to a fundraiser evening organised by Wanaka’s local brewery, b.social.

Brewery co-owner James Hay says the sold-out event on June 27 had a “great turnout and was really good timing coinciding with the skifields opening and everyone catching a few rays”.

Mr Hay and his business partners, Matt and Anna Lamming, said they were thrilled to hand over funds to Aspiring Avalanche Dogs chairman and founder Matt Gunn.

Mr Gunn said the funds were hugely appreciated, as Aspiring Avalanche Dogs was a non-
profit organisation.

The money raised will go towards the charity’s annual insurance and fuel costs, plus
support handlers with vet bills for their hardworking dogs, he said.

“We feel fortunate that we do what we do in this amazing place, surrounded by incredible
people.

‘‘We work with our dogs in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Our reward is being able to bring people home safe from the mountains to their families,” he said.

“We are very grateful to b.social and the event attendees for their support.’’