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Leo Saw loses his mullet for Lost Dogs’ Home

Tayla Couacaud, May 12, 2022 6:30PM Kids News

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Leo Saw’s grandmother offered to pay him to cut off his mullet, so the nine-year-old decided to turn his haircut into a fundraiser for the Lost Dogs’ Home. He is pictured here with his dog, Elle. Picture: David Caird media_cameraLeo Saw’s grandmother offered to pay him to cut off his mullet, so the nine-year-old decided to turn his haircut into a fundraiser for the Lost Dogs’ Home. He is pictured here with his dog, Elle. Picture: David Caird

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Mullets for mutts is Leo Saw’s motto*.

Leo, 9, will part with his prized mullet to raise money for the Lost Dogs’ Home.

The Melbourne youngster’s grandmother offered to pay him to get rid of his mullet, so he decided to turn his haircut into a fundraiser to help rehome* lost and starving dogs this winter.

“He has a strong love for animals,” his mum, Ashley Stitt, said.

“Our goal was to raise $400. We have passed that and have raised over $1280 for the shelter.”

Little Leo Chopping Off His Mullet to Raise Money media_cameraLeo Saw loves animals so much he’s willing to cut off his prized mullet to raise money for the Lost Dogs’ Home in Melbourne. Picture: David Caird

Lost Dogs’ Home spokesperson Suzana Talevski said the organisation was proud of Leo’s initiative*.

“His efforts will certainly go a long way to making sure we can get these beautiful animals into a loving home,” Ms Talevski said.

She said the shelter took in more than 14,000 animals each year and, with winter approaching, it was hoped many would find comfort in the “warm embrace* of their human”.

You can support Leo at makeforeverhappen.com

GLOSSARY

  • motto: a word, phrase or sentence that expresses the beliefs of a person, group, country, or organisation
  • rehome: find a new home for a pet
  • initiative: ability to take action to do something important or solve a problem
  • embrace: hug, hold closely

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QUICK QUIZ

  1. Which organisation is Leo raising money for?
  2. Who prompted Leo to raise money by cutting his mullet?
  3. How much money did Leo hope to raise?
  4. How much money has he raised so far?
  5. How many animals does the Lost Dogs’ Home take in each year?

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
1. Design a logo
Design a logo for Leo’s fundraiser, Mullets for Mutts.

Time: Allow 25 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Visual Communication Design

2. Extension
Leo took something ordinary, like getting a haircut, to find a way to make a difference. Can you think of something that you could do to help a person or group in your community? You don’t have to raise money – there are lots of different ways that you can help.

Be inspired by Leo and create a plan for something that you could do to make a difference.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Personal and Social Capability, Civics and Citizenship

VCOP ACTIVITY
Imaginative dialogue
Imagine you were there during the event being discussed in the article, or for the interview.

Create a conversation between two characters from the article – you may need or want to include yourself as one of the characters.

Don’t forget to try to use facts and details from the article to help make your dialogue as realistic as possible.

Go through your writing and highlight any punctuation you have used in green. Make sure you carefully check the punctuation used for the dialogue and ensure you have opened and closed the speaking in the correct places.

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