You may recall our article on local Natalie Panzarino’s quest to raise money to rescue greyhounds by writing a book called Pointy Pembleton. Some of you may already know Natalie as she is also the driving force behind a Lane Cove initiative called Got a Pen? This charity provides much-needed stationery items to disadvantaged families. Natalie is also the mastermind behind the Love is Love badges that are handed out for free in the Lane Cove Plaza. What a woman!!
This Sunday, Pointy Pembleton will be officially launched at Burns Bay Bookery!! Everyone is invited to help celebrate the launch of Pointy Pembleton Visits the Dog Park – at the Burns Bay Bookery, 4/50-54 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, 11 am, Sunday, 24th September.
“Come along and have some fun. There will be greyhounds to pat, ‘pupcakes’ to eat, colouring-in fun, as well as a reading by the book’s author. You can have a copy of our book signed by us! If you can’t attend, but still want a copy, just order from our website,” said Nat Panzarino, author.
Pointy Pembleton is about a gregarious greyhound character that shows children how to accept others that may be a little different.
Nat, an English teacher and mother of two, and Fer Wicker, illustrator, teamed up to bring Pointy Pembleton – picture book hero – to life, with gorgeous watercolour illustrations.
“We are two Greyhound Rescue volunteers who have used our skills to raise funds in an innovative and fun new way. Money from each book sale will go to Greyhound Rescue. Pointy Pembleton teaches children friendship can sometimes take you by surprise,” she said.
Illustrator Fer said the two wanted to use their skills, not only raise funds for dogs in desperate need, but also to raise awareness about greyhounds as family pets.
“They are gentle dogs and they make amazing family pets. There are thousands of greyhounds who are unloved, without a family of their own. No longer wanted by the racing industry, many greyhounds are simply killed. This is referred to by the industry as ‘wastage’,” Fer said.
“Rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of retired racing greyhounds is an expensive undertaking.
Ongoing funds are required for organisations like Greyhound Rescue to continue finding loving homes. These dogs deserve as much love as a poodle, pug or Chihuahua.
The book’s production was funded by a crowd-sourcing campaign which raised $28,871 to print, market and distribute 5000 copies. For watercolour images, see www.pointypembleton.com
Pointy Pembleton Book Launch
When: 23rd September at 11 am
Where: Burns Bay Bookery 4/50-54 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove (down near Coles end of Village)
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