chequeDog shows can be great fun and an opportunity to talk to breeders and see a variety of purebreds in their best form. But there’s one special dog show that is a worthwhile cause for charity!

Dogs NSW’s Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows on November 25 – 26 at Orchard Hills raises funds to support vulnerable, young children and their families in New South Wales. This annual event has been running since 1932 and has raised about $1 million to date!

Dogs NSW is the peak body in NSW responsible for promoting breeding, showing, trialling, obedience, and other canine-related activities and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs across NSW.

“Dogs NSW has been proudly running the Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows for the past 85 years, raising from $8,000 to $20,000 annually through show registration fees and raffles,” said Lyn Brown, President of Dogs NSW. “The event is a wonderful day out for all dog enthusiasts, particularly those unsure about what type of dog would best suit their lifestyle or growing family.”

All proceeds go to the Dalwood Spilstead Service, established nearly 40 years ago, as an extension of the Dalwood Children's Home, which was created in the 1920s to support children from disadvantaged families. Today, the Service provides multidisciplinary health, education and support services for families who are in stress, or experiencing difficulties in the care and parenting of their children in the early years.

BIS Pink ShowRUBIS PinkThis year’s event will showcase three All Breeds Championship Shows: two shows on Saturday and one show on Sunday, with awards for Best in Show, Best in Group, Sweepstakes and Junior Handlers, plus a special award for Dalwood’s 'Junior Showperson of the Year!'

"The public is invited to attend the shows and contribute to fundraising efforts by purchasing raffle tickets, for the chance to win a great prize," said Christine Mann, Secretary of the Dalwood Children’s Home Dog Show Committee. “Come to see the dogs, talk to breeders and see how dog shows can also be a worthwhile cause for charity!”

Kerry Gwynne, Service Manager of the Dalwood Spilstead Service, said Dogs NSW has been a significant contributor for many decades, helping to add and improve facilities at Dalwood.

“How rare it is for any organisation to commit to 85 years of support. I don’t think this Service would have existed without the support of the dog show,” said Ms Gwynne. “We can’t speak highly enough of the Dalwood Children’s Home Dog Show Committee or be more grateful for supporting us financially and being an incredible inspiration and encouragement to everyone involved in our organisation.”

The Dalwood Children’s Home Charity Shows are held at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills. There will be FREE admission and parking on the grounds.

For more information, please visit or contact DOGS NSW on or phone (02) 9834 3022.

For information about the Dalwood Spilstead Service, please phone 02 9951 0365 or visit

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