BHP Billiton backs their boys all the way

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 28 June 2010 | 0 Comments


Last weekend, our two favourite BHP Billiton Iron Ore employees, James Pregnell and Gabriel Gnavi, took to the pavement for another 30/30 Challenge in the hope of raising $100,000 for the Refuge. And, despite this target being a huge ask - they did it!

James about to set off with Ellen

Our prayers to the weather gods paid off - so on a sunny winters day, James and Gabriel put in a record effort  to walk our Refuge dogs and raised a massive $100,000 for the Refuge. A few sore and tired muscles and some exhausted walking partners (our dogs!) were a small price to pay for such a great boost to the Refuge. And, as part of BHP Billiton Iron Ore's Matched Giving program, these funds are now matched by BHP to make a huge grand total of $200,000.

The money raised will go towards the daily care of our precious pooches (those bills keep coming!) and towards our new kennels. And guess what, the site is being surveyed this week and a full timeline of works will be published on the website next month - so stay tuned for that. 


Gabriel and Howie


We would like to thank James and Gabriel for their efforts in this challenge, everyone who backed the boys through their donations and, of course, to BHP Billiton for their continuing support - we will be eternally grateful. Also, a big thanks to the staff and volunteers who helped out on the day by accompanying the boys on the challenge, changing over the dogs, taking donations and cooking the sausage sizzle.

More pictures from the day are available on our Facebook group page. If you haven't already, check it out and become a member to keep up-to-date with the latest happenings at the Refuge.

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