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Mission Champion: Hetti the hostel dog

7 June 2018

Mission Champions. They come in all forms: volunteers, staff, donors, supporters, local community members, schools, or in this case friendly, fluffy dogs.

It was just over five years ago when Sacred Heart Community Manager Margaret Thorpe decided to bring her beloved schnoodle Hetti into work.

While initially she tried to keep Hetti contained to the confines of her office, it wasn’t long before she had infiltrated every corner and crevasse of the building, spreading love and joy to each and every resident and staff member.

“It didn’t matter what was happening at the hostel, as soon as Hetti came in the atmosphere changed and everyone was full of laughter and joy,” Margaret says.

Research has proven the positive impact pets can have on the mental and physical health of people who have experienced trauma. Pets can provide people with a sense of warmth and safety, elicit empathy, decrease feelings of loneliness and increase social interaction.

After 17 years and countless moments of love and laughter, Hetti very sadly passed away earlier this year. We would like to take this opportunity to honour her as a Mission Champion.

Hetti embodied the Mission’s values of welcome and community and will always be remembered for the spirit, energy and love she brought to the staff and residents of Sacred Heart Community.

Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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