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AOOB’s Twin Towns Branch President Evelyn Rigney presenting a cheque to Faye Rowles and Lulu the Story Dog. Photo supplied

The Australasian Order of Old Bastards (AOOB) have been supporting Story Dogs since its foundation in 2009; the Twin Towns branch is sponsoring dogs Kaya and Lulu this year. 

The Story Dogs program encourages shy, inexperienced readers to gain confidence by being happy, uncritical listeners and have helped over 3000 children across Australia to become lifelong readers. Around 650 dogs and their handlers are funded by individual sponsorships, such as the two that the Twin Towns Old Bastards sponsor every year.

German Shepherd Kaya, with her handler Meg, helps children at Fingal Head Public School. Lulu is a pug/fox terrier cross who is in her first year as a Story Dog. With her handler Faye, she is already proving a big hit with the students at St James’ Catholic Primary School at Banora Point.  Faye has been the recipient of the Old Bastards’ sponsorship before, and is delighted that now Lulu continues the proud tradition. 

‘Despite the unusual name, the AOOB is a registered charity that has been active since 1968,’ said a spokesperson for the Old Bastards. 

‘While the group perhaps doesn’t take itself as seriously as some others, with a greater emphasis on the fun and friendship among members than formalities, the concern for the community is unquestionable. Over $8 million has been raised in support of a range of charities across Australia, often with a strong local focus.’

The Twin Towns Branch meet on the first Friday of each month at the South Tweed Sports Club at 2pm. They also hold regular bus trips to support their fund-raising. Life membership of the AOOB costs only $20.  Details are available from the website.

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