Why we support Assistance Dogs Australia
“Mum, I can do anything with this dog by my side!’ It was these words, spoken by a young girl in a wheelchair in the USA over 20 years that forever changed the life of Hannie and Robert Biggs OAM, and of countless families across Australia.
During a trip to California, the animal-loving couple visited Canine Companions for Independence, a charity that places Assistance Dogs with people living with physical disabilities. Watching the joy and happiness that an Assistance Dog brought to the girl was a pivotal experience for Hannie. “To this day, I get goose bumps whenever I think about that moment. On the plane home to Australia, I turned to my husband and said, ‘This is something we have to do’.”
And so Assistance Dogs Australia was born. With 1 in 5 people living in Australia with a disability, Hannie and Robert saw a need for specially-trained four-legged friends. Today, Assistance Dogs Australia has maintained its family values, with Hannie, Robert and their sons Andrew and Gavin, still passionately involved with the organisation.
Simple Solutions Accounting Services believes in giving back. Assistance Dogs Australia is one of the charities we support through monthly donations. You can read more about the other charities and initiatives we support on our About Page (scroll to the bottom of that page).