Pooch walk returns to Memorial Park

FUNDRAISER: Danielle Wicks with Bailey, Nathan Fisher, Jesse Fisher with Kobe and Liz Sgherza with Joey.
FUNDRAISER: Danielle Wicks with Bailey, Nathan Fisher, Jesse Fisher with Kobe and Liz Sgherza with Joey.

This Sunday, tens of four-legged friends are expected to hit the paths of Memorial Park for Port Pirie's 2nd annual Million Paws Walk.

The walk starts at the Merlino gates at 10 am on May 19, where owners and their dogs will walk around the park, raising funds for the RSPCA.

Danielle Wicks is the event coordinator who is behind the walk's return to Port Pirie and said last year was more successful than she had anticipated and she can not wait to see the response for this year's walk.

"Last year turned out better than I thought. Being the first one I was a bit apprehensive about how many would rock up. I think a lot learned that we were doing it. We ended up having about 30 dogs and 50 people," Danielle said.

Last year participants were able to raise $1,000 and it is hoped that this year, the walk can reach the same and if possible, higher figures.

Danielle's passion for the walk started with her devotion for animals and believes it is important to be able to help those animals who can not help themselves.

"They are pretty helpless in a lot of situations and we are the ones who need to stand up for them," she said.

Participants can register on the day from 8 am or online at www.millionpawswalk.com.au, with all funds being raised going to the RSPCA. The council will be hosting a free outdoor cinema at 6pm in Memorial Park that night, showing the Secret Life of Pets.