DO THE HOEDOWN: Compass Institute trainers Caitlin, Courtney, Josh, Ethan, Fraser and Lester get ready for the hoe-down for Compass Assistance Dogs.
DO THE HOEDOWN: Compass Institute trainers Caitlin, Courtney, Josh, Ethan, Fraser and Lester get ready for the hoe-down for Compass Assistance Dogs. John McCutcheon

Keeping it country for hoedown fundraiser

TAKE out your denim jacket, flannelette shirt, cowboy hat and boots and do the sidestep to raise money for charity.

The inaugural Compass Charity Hoeedown will support the work of the Compass Assistance Dogs division.

Compass Assistance Dogs provide dogs to help young people with a variety of disabilities to increase independence and change the trajectory of children to overcome challenges at early ages.

In the five Compass Institute centres from Caboolture to Gympie and 10 social enterprises across the Coast, they have helped hundreds of people in the years they've operated.

Compass Assistance Dogs operations manager Phil Brockelhurst said through fundraisers like the hoe-down, Compass was able to gift these special dogs to Sunshine Coast families.

"We understand the integral role assistance dogs play in our community,” he said.

"These dogs not only provide practical support with everyday tasks, thus enhancing the ability of the owners to lead independent lives (but) they also offer emotional enrichment.”

Mr Brockelhurst said money raised from the hoe-down would go towards ensuring their certified program continued to find compatible matches between dogs and their owners.

Guests are encouraged to dress in all things country Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Saturday, August 10.

Entertainment by Liam Brew and his band, Dee-Jaye Bux and the HillbillyGoats.

For more information on buying tickets, phone lisa@compassinc.org.au.



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