00:05 On Thursday 28th of April, you have the power to change young lives forever.
00:09 For some children, school isn't an easy place to be.
00:13 Many find it hard because beyond the school gate, they're dealing with some tough issues.
00:17 Paw Pals uses therapy dogs to support kids who are unable to learn in the classroom
00:22 You can help these children to heal and learn.
00:25 From my first session with Amber, it was clear just how much she loved therapy dog Lucy.
00:30 Due to sensory overload, Amber had not been in the classroom, or engaged with schoolwork for some time.
00:35 Working with Paw Pals has helped Amber to regulate her emotions and has enabled her to get back in the classroom and reconnect with education.
00:42 With Lucy, it really helps me feel calm, being around her and really helps me learn like some strategies on how to stay calm. And Lucy just makes it a lot easier.
00:55 MacKillop's Paw Pals program has been a complete lifeline. The therapy dogs and facilitators removed all barriers for her to receive the support she needed.
01:04 It's the only program in the state that's helped her to self-regulate and build her confidence enough so that she can happily return to the classroom.
01:11 Help children just like Amber to connect with education and succeed at school.
01:16 On Thursday 28th of April, our generous partners will triple every donation made to help our therapy dogs reach more kids in need.
01:25 We need to raise $330,000 in 24 hours so that MacKillop can continue its program in Melbourne and Geelong, and expand it to support children in Ballarat.
01:35 Therapy dogs have changed everything for Amber. You can help change lives too.