Gold Coast hospitality company, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has announced the Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ) as its signature charity for 2014.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is one of the Gold Coast’s largest private employers. Through its Wishes by Wyndham philanthropic program, the company will support the AWLQ by organising a number of events and fundraisers, along with volunteering and fostering initiatives, which will run alongside the company’s Employee Workplace Giving Program.

Developed by Wyndham Worldwide, the Wishes by Wyndham global philanthropic program has been adopted across Wyndham’s family of companies. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific relaunched the program in August 2012, and since that time the program has raised more than $80,000 for Wishes by Wyndham’s signature charities, which in 2013 was the Cancer Council Queensland.

“At Wyndham we feel strongly that it is our responsibility to do what we can to support the communities in which we operate,” said Barry Robinson, CEO and Managing Director Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.

“We are proud to support AWLQ in 2014 for the tireless work they do to provide care, food, shelter and rehoming to companion animals in need. We look forward to seeing what a positive difference we can make on behalf of this wonderful charity, which is headquartered in the heart of the Gold Coast, which is where our Asia Pacific headquarters are also located,” he added.

The AWLQ takes care of approximately 10,000 in-need animals annually from all over South East Queensland. It receives no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support.

2014 marks the AWLQ’s 55th consecutive year caring for South East Queensland’s homeless and abandoned animals. Since 1959, the AWLQ has opened its doors and hearts to all companion animals in need. As well as providing on-site care at its three Rehoming Centres (Gold Coast, Beenleigh and Ipswich), the AWLQ has robust and active fostering and volunteering programs that provide meaningful ways to engage with the communities they serve.

“The Animal Welfare League of Queensland is extremely pleased to join forces with Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific as their nominated charity in 2014,” said David Hoskot, AWLQ Director of Fundraising. “Wyndham is a dynamic and well-recognised company and we are fortunate to have this relationship with such a vibrant business. AWLQ looks forward to working with CEO and Managing Director Barry Robinson and all the Wyndham staff members in growing this supportive partnership.”

The AWLQ is a charter member of the Animal Welfare League of Australia. The AWLQ works closely with the Gold Coast City Council in providing care for stray animals during their impound period, with all unclaimed animals then transferring to the AWLQ for re-homing.
Wyndham celebrated its alignment with the AWLQ with a launch party at the Wyndham Corporate

Centre in Bundall. More than two hundred employees attended the event , as well as special four-legged guest Mr Clooney, the AWLQ’s iconic cattle dog who shot to fame as a member of the Big Brother house.