Champ listens to his master’s voice
THE services of special pups like Champ rely on extraordinary people like John Loxton to remain viable.
Mr Loxton and his talented fellow band members in Sunshine Brass will perform on March 15 to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs Queensland.
The organisation relies solely on the generosity of residents and groups like Sunshine Brass to stay afloat.
It currently provides services for more than 370 clients across the Coast.
Guide Dogs Queensland community relations manager Olwyn Kerr said the service was always in need of support.
"Funding is more dire than ever at the moment," she said.
"Times are tough for everyone but we're in such a precious position.
"We're fully dependent on the community for funding ... we need all the help we can get."
Ms Kerr said there were currently 22 visually impaired residents across the state on the waiting list for a Guide Dog.
With each pup costing $30,000 to breed, train and place, Ms Kerr said it would take a lot of community support to fulfil the clients' needs.
Mr Loxton, a member of Sunshine Brass for the past 10 years, said the band got a lot of satisfaction out of giving back to the community.
"It's very rewarding. It gives us a better meaning for our existence," he said.
The band will present Brass on Buderim, performing a variety of tunes from different genres, including jazz, classical and oom-pah-pah.
To buy tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. au or phone 5443 8033.
Bookings are essential.
Visit www.guidedogsqld.com.au for more about the organisation.
WHAT: Brass on Buderim
WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2pm
WHERE: Buderim Mountain State School