Time flies - can you believe we're nearly halfway through 2018, and we're already at the third annual Day for Duke?! Day for Duke is a day to honour our pets and their fight against cancer, with the aim of raising awareness for animal cancer, in addition to raising much needed vital funds for the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF), a not-for-profit research charity. In addition to raising vital funds to increase knowledge and expertise in this area, of equal importance is the event's purpose of raising awareness for the prevalence of cancer in our beloved pets, in addition to the importance of early detection of warning signs.
According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, at 47%, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, especially those over the age of 10. The likelihood of a dog getting cancer is about the same rate as humans - although our pets are generally living longer due to advances in veterinary medicine, and increasingly better education on preventative care for our furbabies, the rate of cancer in dogs has remained more or less the same.
This year's Day for Duke may have changed locations from Bribie Island to the Brisbane Showgrounds, but all the fun activities remain the same - you can expect only bigger and better things from here on out! The event will run from 10am to 3pm, making it the perfect family day out. You don't even need to plan anything, because all the hard work has been done for you! The day will be filled with free family-friendly events and a range of activities for all, including:
Fun dog competitions
Stalls - including ones which cater specifically for pets
The opportunity to check out some dog obedience schools
Animal rescue groups on site
Raffles with amazing prizes to be won
And much, much more!
Eddy and Sam on stage, competing for the Best Trick award!
Day for Duke started in 2016, inspired by the passing of and held in commemoration of Dukey, a Labrador cross Maremma Sheepdog. Furmum Brooke decided to share her story and experience of battling with canine cancer to help raise awareness, and to support others going through similar things. You can follow Dukey's Cause on Facebook under Dukey's Cause - Animal Cancer Awareness.
There will also be a "Survivor's Parade" at 1pm; an opportunity for both people and pets who have survived cancer to walk together in the fight against cancer. "We walk united, with our companion animals and join together in our fight against cancer. This cancer is the same in both pets and people. One Cancer, One Cure. The cure for human and animal cancer could be with your best friend."
Last year's Cancer Barrier Board, with organiser Brooke on the left. Image taken from Dukey's Cause's official Facebook page.
Day for Duke is an amazing event that is both fun and meaningful, so keep the date free and get ready to have a great day out with your family! Eddy, Sam and I have moved to Sydney so are unfortunately unable to make it this year, but we'll be there in spirit (and on the promotional flyers!). We know it'll be a successful day thanks to Brooke's hard work and effort!