D4Duke Founders Brooke, Clinton with Ted and Dr Rod Straw
Dog Competition Winners D4D 2017
Day For Duke Volunteers 2016
MC and Performer, Natalie Mead
Waggiest Tail Competition 2016
Orange Krush Dog Agility 2017
Larrikin Puppets with performers Teagan Norman and MC Natalie Mead D4D 2017
Survivors Parade 2017
D4Duke Dog Competition - Princess Tilly
Raffle Prize winner D4D 2017




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Dukey's Cause - Monies Raised for the AACF

Through various fundraisers and Day For Duke Events, Dukey's Cause has raised valuable money for the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation, helping raise awareness of canine cancer.
Total Money Raised through Dukey's Cause

Kodi's Paw-a-thon

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Raising funds for Cancer Council Victoria & Australian Animal Cancer Foundation.

The event seeks to promote fitness in both humans and dogs and to help support cancer research at the same time.


Kodis Paw-a-thon consists of 4 events:

1. 3k Cancer survivor/supporter run/walk - is for humans and their pet canine, on a short lead. You may enter the event if you do not have a dog.

2 5k run/walk - not pet friendly. 

3 10k Run - not pet friendly.

4 40m Doggie Dash - that will be run in lanes. The owner will have their dog on short lead. 


This will consist of heats, semifinals and a final,(dependant on numbers.) 

Entries for this events alone may also be purchased on the day.

Date: May 23rd 2021

Time: 9am Start - See schedule for further details

Location: Riverside Park, Maribyrnong River, Essendon

Address: The Boulevard, Essendon West

(Next to the Pirate ship playground, opposite Poyntons Nursery)

For more information go to www.petfriendlyfunrun.com


Kodis FunRun



Beloved pup remembered to raise funds for cancer

DukeAndBrookeDuke was a Labrador Maremma Sheepdog cross, who sadly passed away from an aggressive form of cancer called Histiocytic Sarcoma (HS), which is found in both animals and humans.

His parents, Brooke and Clinton, decided to organise a fundraising event to support the not-for-profit research charity Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF).

Day for Duke was first held in 2016 and due to the incredible success, it was decided to hold the event annually. The day is full of excitement, and has included a range of activities for families and their fur friends, featuring entertainment by Larrikin Puppet Show, famed medium Amanda De Warren from radio, tv and Woman’s Day, talented performers Natalie Mead and Teagan Norman, DJ Bryon Bay, fun pet competitions including best dressed, best trick, waggiest tail and owner pet look alike, a dog washing and grooming parlour, doggie boutiques and accessories, obedience and agility demonstration, pet photography plus face painting, raffles and much more.

The incredible Jamie Dunn and his mate Agro were featured guests at the first ever, ‘Day for Duke’ where the, ‘Survivors Parade’ was launched! The ‘Survivors Parade’ was the first of its kind in the world! This is an opportunity for people and their companion animals who have fought cancer or are fighting cancer, to walk hand in paw together in a united fight. The parade is an emotional moment and at the same time uplifting to all involved.



Dr Rod Straw, founder of the AACF, says it is important to bring much needed attention to the prevalence of cancer in small animals.

“At Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, we treat hundreds of animals with cancer each year and with the help of The Foundation, we can learn how to better manage and even cure cancer in pets, which translates directly to benefit people,” Dr Straw said.

Duke had his leg amputated and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to remove his cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer was too aggressive and soon returned as a mass in his abdomen.

Duke’s mum, Brooke, says she wants other dog owners to know what warning signs to look for and be vigilant in recognising them, after Duke was initially misdiagnosed from an occurring limp.

“It doesn’t matter what age or breed your dog is, cancer doesn’t discriminate. It can also metastasize at a much faster rate in dogs than humans,” Brooke said.

In humans, cancer kills 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men. The incidence is almost equal in dogs, killing 50% of dogs over the age of 10 and 33% of those under.

Duke’s parents intend for the event to continue to be an annual occurrence, providing long term support to the AACF and cancer research in animals and humans alike.

Helping the AACF

Australian Animal Cancer Foundation is a not for profit research charity dedicated to fighting cancer and finding a cure for cancer. Our pets may hold the answers allowing cancer cures in people and our beloved pets. The goal is to find these answers.