MECC supports local RSPCA

Published: 23 Jul 2021

UPDATE: Unfortunately COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures have meant "New Owner" will not be coming to Mackay this time around.
The good news is that the MECC will still be a drop-off zone for RSPCA donations until Friday, August 6, and instead of a ticket to New Owner, the team are offering everyone who donates one ticket to Bell Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s Animal Farm (conditions apply).

It's not often you can swap dog treats for a theatre ticket – but that’s exactly what’s happening next week at the MECC.

From Monday (July 26), the MECC will become a donation drop-off point for RSPCA Mackay.

Even better for pet lovers, if you donate (either at the MECC or RSPCA) the Box Office team will give you one free ticket to New Owner, a sensitive new show for all ages about the adventures of Bart, a boisterous puppy.

Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes audiences on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes.

Deputy Mayor Karen May said the RSPCA in Mackay did amazing work and this was a fantastic way council could support the organisation.

“This month (July 7) marked four years since a rehomable dog was euthanised and July 27 will mark two years since a rehomable cat has been euthanised at council’s animal management centre,” Cr May said.

“Without the tireless work of the RSPCA and other animal welfare and foster groups, this result would never have been possible,” she said.

“There will be a big drop-off box in the foyer and the MECC team will gladly accept non-perishable pet treats – like liver treats, biscuits and chews – grooming supplies, pet toys and dog waste bags.

“Of course, cash donations are always welcome.”

New Owner is on show at in MECC Auditorium on August 4 (6pm) and August 5 (9.30am) and is part of the DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season.

Limited tickets are available. Tickets are non-refundable. Terms and conditions apply.

New Owner is by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts and is presented by The Last Great Hunt.

It is part of the DBCT Kids’ Theatre Season proudly supported by Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.