GHAD - GUIDE HEARING AND ASSISTANCE DOGS
Exciting news! Miracle Assistance Dogs Inc. is now an approved Training Institution for hearing dogs and assistance dogs under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act 2009 (Qld)
Regional Achievement & Community Awards 2017
Congratulations to the winner of 1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award…
Carmel Kaczmar founded Miracle Assistance Dogs, a not-for-profit organisation that trains puppies to assist people living with disabilities. Carmel, assisted by 20 other volunteers, is the main driver in fundraising, seeking sponsorship and the donations required to pay the $30,000 per dog for the qualified Assistance Dog training costs. The dogs assist with Diabetic Alert, Seizure Response, Hearing and Mobility Support. Carmel also coordinates a weekly Dog Training School for students with disabilities.
NSW & ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards 2016
Fudge was also nominated for the Regional Achievement & Community Awards, and was one of the 4 finalist in the category of 1st Choice Rentals - Volunteering Awards, While Fudge did not win her category herself and her husband John, had an amazing night at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards at the Novotel ballroom, Wollongong.
NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award
We were lucky enough just to be nominated for the NSW Volunteer of the Year - South Coast / Southern Inland Volunteer Team of the Year Award, we were all excited when we found out we were finalists and we are over the moon that we won this Award, the Awards sits pride of place in out back office where all our volunteers can see it.
We could not do what we do with out the help of all out volunteers and we are so proud of them.
Lifeline Hunter Steel Magnolia Awards
Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar was one of the finalists of the 2016 Lifeline Steel Magnolia Awards and she couldn't have been more shocked. When she was told that she had been nominated she cried like a baby, in public and with a pink beanie pulled over her face so that no one could see her sobbing. When the finalists names were read out at the event she had to fight hard to hold back the tears again.
While Fudge did not win the Award she was proud to have her name mentioned with all the other deserving nominees including, Jodie Bell, a lovely young mum with Motor Neurons Disease who was awarded the Lifeline Steel Magnolia Award and her determine spirit is inspiring. The shock of hearing her name called as a finalist is still with her as she knows that Barb (who nominated her) was on the screen in a video about why she had nominated Fudge.
Being nominated and a finalist was like a fantasy for Fudge and it will be forever a magical experience in her life.