Tattoo fundraiser helps support Mount Alexander animal welfare

Rosey Skinner, MAAW shelter manager, and Leonie Neu of Forest Creek Tattoo are shown with some of the donated goods.

Forest Creek Tattoo has raised more than $11,000 for the Mount Alexander Animal Welfare shelter following a ‘Flash Tattoo Fundraising Day’ for the local charity on Sunday March 12.

Leonie New, Forest Creek Tattoo’s operator, stated that the team was inspired by the work done locally and wanted to raise money to support them.

“We decided to have a Flash Tattoo Fundraiser combined with a raffle. The response was incredible. We approached a couple of businesses we knew for raffle items and it just grew from there with about 30 generous local businesses reaching out to donate items!” Leonie said.

“We also had a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation and asked clients to donate pet food and bedding.”

Five tattoo artists gave up their time to work all day for MAAW.

Shirley HardyRix, MAAW secretary, stated that they were completely overwhelmed by Forest Creek Tattoo’s generous support and the generosity shown by their clients and those in the community who came out to witness the day.

Rosey Skinner, MAAW Shelter manager, was there and expressed her amazement at the outpouring of support and goodwill that MAAW received.

“We received some lovely feedback from our community and in the end Leonie, Jade and the incredible Forest Creek Tattoo crew raised a staggering $11,613.70!” she said.

“Thanks to Jade who did a lot of the organising and booking behind the scenes, tattoo artists Leonie, Hannah, Laurette, Adrian and Jake for donating their time, and Leonie’s partner Jase for manning the barbecue.

“This donation will enable us to finish the cattery and undertake some other projects, as well as assist with day to day operations. It means so much to us,” Rosey said.

The generosity continued with one man from Queensland who won two raffle prizes – including a pet grooming voucher – donating them back to MAAW.

“We will be able to use this voucher to groom one of our rescue dogs or gift it to a community member who is doing it tough to have their pet groomed,” Rosey said.

For a complete list of generous supporters, visit the Forest Creek Tattoo Instagram Page. Make sure to visit them!

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