In July 2013, a donation was given to Delta Society Australia to establish the Debbie Jesser Memorial Fund in honour of Debbie who passed away from Ovarian Cancer early that year.
Her two Jack Russell’s ‘Myf’ and ‘Bindi’ provided great comfort to her in her last days and during their visits to her bedside, the dogs also decided to visit many other patients in the hospital. Karl Jesser (her husband) saw the incredible effects of animal therapy and so, wanted to honour Debbie’s memory by providing the benefits of pet therapy to as many people in similar situations.
The annual donation that Karl makes as part of the Debbie Jesser Memorial Fund supports therapy dog visits in selected Victorian and NSW facilities involved with the treatment of cancer and palliative care.
Volunteers supported under the fund wear the red shirt displaying the logo on their chest with pride on every visit that they make.
As Karl and Debbie spent a large part of their lives in Albury/Wodonga, a portion of the annual donation is used to support therapy dog visits in the area.
In Decemer 2013, we established the Albury/Wodonga branch and recruited 7 new Therapy Dog teams to visit. There are currently 4 facilities being supported under the fund who receive regularly weekly visits from therapy teams. Karl remains actively involved in this branch as it is very close to his heart.
Without generous benefactors like Karl, the Society would not be able to expand its programs to remote areas or even to facilities that could really benefit from pet therapy visits.