The Christian OConnell Breakfast Show

The Christian OConnell Breakfast Show

Christian O’Connell and the team at 104.3 are committed to creating a community that both encourages interaction and collaboration and shows respect for others. We are raising awareness for Smart Pups Assistance Dogs, a not-for-profit organisation based in Queensland, Providing assistance dogs to children with special needs. Trained in task-specific skills, Smart Pups improve children’s independence and quality of life. This unique form of early intervention therapy has a profound effect on the day-to-day lives of children and families… making a positive change that keeps growing. For life.

$32,765.00 donated
130 Donors

Christian O’Connell is a husband, a dad, a dog-lover, a football fan and is pretty good at martial arts. He’s also written the best-selling children’s book series Radio Boy!

Smart Pups Assistance Dogs receive no government funding and rely solely on donations, grants and fundraising activities. You can help. Your donation will be greatly appreciated no matter how big or small. This organisation is a non for-profit organisation. The training for a pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.

Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Smart Pups Team

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

  • Anna Howe
    Posted at 08:06h, 14 March Reply

    Because every little bit helps

  • Aaron Brown
    Posted at 08:08h, 14 March Reply


  • Paula Simon
    Posted at 08:37h, 14 March Reply

    Good luck for getting a pup.

  • Kris Cleeve
    Posted at 08:40h, 14 March Reply

    Great cause.

  • Kathleen Wedgwood
    Posted at 08:53h, 14 March Reply

    This is a worthy cause that appears to have impacted so many people generating a real community “esprit de corps”.
    The way that Christian has spoken about every donation, however small, as being important has also contributed to that feeling.

  • Ian McColl
    Posted at 09:08h, 14 March Reply

    To help those in need! – Every little bit helps 😁

  • Nikki Palmer
    Posted at 09:33h, 14 March Reply

    My nephew back in UK was diagnosed ADHD over 20years ago and as a family who have always had dogs, I am acutely aware how much benefit just a family pet has been to him, these pups are so needed for these kids -keep up the good work

  • Gail Wright
    Posted at 10:05h, 14 March Reply

    Because you only gave Patrick a mug. 🤗

  • Saeed Mahdizadeh
    Posted at 10:55h, 14 March Reply

    Thanks Christian for this lovely initiative… Just a little bit involvement from me while listening to gold every morning for almost 10 years after moving to Australia…this became my favourite…
    Keep on the good work. Saeed

  • Meghan Skinner
    Posted at 10:58h, 14 March Reply

    I wanted to donate as l have a foster child Shannon who is also on the spectrum and many other issues and this story and what you are doing is amazing. I decided to foster a child as so many kids out there just need a go and decided to take one with special needs as they are the hardest to place and normally just get moved over and over and it is so rewarding but so so hard every day.

  • Jodie Plowright
    Posted at 11:02h, 14 March Reply

    Fantastic cause!

  • The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show
    Posted at 15:24h, 14 March Reply

    Thank you to our listener Patrick who donated an incredible 10,000 dollars to Smart Pups. This money will be used to help another family in need by also gifting them with a beautiful puppy.

    When Patrick dropped into the Gold studio yesterday he told Christian and the team that he “has everything he needs in life. So helping another in need is the best thing to do” its all about paying it forward.

  • Jodie Comerford
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 March Reply

    Sometimes everyone needs a little help ❤️

  • Frances O'Neill
    Posted at 16:20h, 14 March Reply

    We are desperate for a pup. Two children on spectrum and single mama (me) going through diagnosis. It’s for my little girl she’s 11 and non verbal.

  • steven bextream
    Posted at 16:27h, 14 March Reply

    Please consider the family who fell short of raising the money so donated to the lady child. It would be good karma.

    Posted at 19:12h, 14 March Reply

    Just making my small contribution towards a great cause. I was really touched by Christian and the Goldfm team, well done! Why not help if we can, whatever the cause maybe one day it maybe me. Lets keep this going.

  • Jamie Trendall
    Posted at 19:16h, 14 March Reply

    Such an incredible story. I hope this helps another little child like Rheegan.

  • Neal Winter
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 March Reply

    Can’t spare much but hoping every little bit helps. Lots of little bits will soon add up.

  • Lorelle Scarlett
    Posted at 20:39h, 14 March Reply

    I listened to the Tuesday and Wednesday podcasts back to back while driving to pick up stock today.
    OMG! I had to pull over at one stage as the tears were flowing, I don’t know what people at sets of lights thought, lol.
    I had to give something, I have been so moved.
    Cheers to all 🙂

  • Barry Newbery
    Posted at 21:19h, 14 March Reply

    The amazing story and anything that helps autistic children and parents is to be supported

  • Marek Crawford
    Posted at 05:24h, 15 March Reply

    I’m donating cause if it was my children hope someone else would help them

  • Mary Maguire
    Posted at 05:26h, 15 March Reply

    Love what you’re doing for others Christian.

  • Jordan Higham
    Posted at 05:26h, 15 March Reply

    Just a golden hour listener every morning

  • Toni McKern
    Posted at 05:26h, 15 March Reply

    Paying it forward. We all need support

  • Kelvin Kalms
    Posted at 05:26h, 15 March Reply

    My donation is only a small amount I know but I couldn’t listen to these stories and do nothing.

  • Sezgin Atar
    Posted at 05:27h, 15 March Reply

    Like to help out

  • Jayden Bubb
    Posted at 05:28h, 15 March Reply

    Not just donating because I’m apart of the Bubb family and the little girl is my sister but to give the opportunity to the next person in line. Everyone deserves a little easier in life with something they can’t help. Cheers Gold you legends.

  • Glenn Bainbridge
    Posted at 05:30h, 15 March Reply

    For the family who gave the money they had raised to another family.

  • Julia F
    Posted at 05:30h, 15 March Reply

    I was too slow to help Rheegan so happy to still be able chip in for next pup

  • Janeen and Steve Cole
    Posted at 05:38h, 15 March Reply

    How could we not do for one that we did or another. Happy to contribute to this very worthy cause. We were very humbled by the family who donated their savings to Reagan. Just goes to show the heart of some people doesn’t it. Good luck everyone. I only hope there more more people with hearts the size of theirs. I hope you can read this.. coz I cant. Have the wrong glasses on for this stuff.

  • Dom Cannizzaro
    Posted at 05:38h, 15 March Reply

    Smart dogs are a gift from god,. The love, the friendship that these incredible puppies will bring to these deserving children, is a true blessing!

  • Katrina Wiley
    Posted at 05:40h, 15 March Reply

    I’m donating, as it’s an amazing cause that provides the help needed to improve people’s lives. Helping others just makes you feel a better person!

  • Shaun Thompson
    Posted at 05:41h, 15 March Reply

    A selfless act deserves rewarding

  • Toby Rickman
    Posted at 05:48h, 15 March Reply

    I am 11. I have saved up a bit of my pocket money to give for something. I am up at 6 in the morning to catch the bus and heard it mentioned on the radio in my room and thought this was the good time to do it. Good luck collecting the money!

  • Marilla Mason
    Posted at 05:49h, 15 March Reply

    So someone else can have an opportunity of a meaningful life. Many people helped me when i was younger to achieve what I have. I’m just giving back

  • Carol & Kim Temple
    Posted at 05:50h, 15 March Reply

    Donated with pleasure ❤️

  • Toby R
    Posted at 05:56h, 15 March Reply

    I am 11. I have been saving some of my pocket money to donate. This morning, I woke at 6 to get the bus to school and heard about this and thought it sounded like a good thing to donate the money for. Good luck getting the dog!

  • Helen Rintoul
    Posted at 05:56h, 15 March Reply

    I hope this helps someone

  • Christa Purdie
    Posted at 06:15h, 15 March Reply

    This is such a beautiful cause. Thank you for raising awareness of smart pups!

  • Karyn Lemon
    Posted at 06:19h, 15 March Reply

    Best wishes to Regan and Isabella

  • Claire Walker
    Posted at 06:22h, 15 March Reply

    So touched by the stories of Rheegan and Isobel. I really want to play my part and help!

  • Lauren Redeman
    Posted at 06:22h, 15 March Reply

    i work with animals and understand their healing and comforting powers and just want to give what I can to help this child and family. Xx

  • Ellisa Cole
    Posted at 06:23h, 15 March Reply

    What a great cause!

  • Alison Brooker
    Posted at 06:23h, 15 March Reply

    So glad Isabella will get this opportunity!

  • Shusannah Morris
    Posted at 06:23h, 15 March Reply

    Absolutely love what you guys are doing with the power of the people we’ll get that pup for Isabella….xx

  • Angela McGillivray
    Posted at 06:24h, 15 March Reply

    Go Gold, get those dogs for those beautiful children.

  • Daniel Corrigan
    Posted at 06:24h, 15 March Reply

    As a Goldfm listener, I was deeply touched when I heard about these very special children and how much assistance the fantastic dogs can be for them.

  • Neale & Jackie Chapman
    Posted at 06:25h, 15 March Reply

    Fantastic initiative, missed out on donating initially glad to have the opportunity to help out another child. Bella’s story touched me personally as my mum is on a similar regimen of insulin and has had many hypos in her life. I know how fantastic that early warning would be.

  • Sharon White
    Posted at 06:25h, 15 March Reply

    Didn’t expect to be crying at 7:15am. Good luck Isabella.

  • Damian Cruickshank
    Posted at 06:32h, 15 March Reply

    I hope this puppy makes a massive difference to Isabella’s young life and just makes her life a better place… just an awesome clause Christian, thanks for sharing her story…

  • Shaun Enright
    Posted at 06:36h, 15 March Reply

    Good on you Gold for having such a big heart and good on you MELBOURNE it makes me feel proud

  • Naomi O’Donoghue
    Posted at 06:38h, 15 March Reply

    I couldn’t think of a better cause to donate to!! Well done Christian & Co!

  • Judy Aitken
    Posted at 06:38h, 15 March Reply

    Only a small
    Amount but hopefully will help this little
    Girl achieve her goal

  • Kath Curry
    Posted at 06:38h, 15 March Reply

    I’ve seen the benefit these dogs can make to people’s lives. Amazing!

  • Jenny Lazzari
    Posted at 06:42h, 15 March Reply

    Listening to some of the stories of people that have donated, the fact that my family were extremely poor when we were growing up and having first hand experience with a grandson who has autism (mild) the though that I can help in even a small way is rewarding for me. The fact that there are still so many good people that we don’t hear enough about makes me proud to be part of it all.

  • Tiff and Raf Villaluz
    Posted at 06:42h, 15 March Reply

    It was so powerful for my husband to hear about Wayde and Isabella’s situation especially when Isabella told her father about the autistic boy and that she wanted to donate what they had saved up for their puppy to him! We weren’t fortunate enough to be able to have a child and if we had one we would do everything we could to improve their quality of life so hope our donation can assist in some way!

  • Noleen West
    Posted at 06:44h, 15 March Reply

    Just wanted to help

  • Lynne Matthews
    Posted at 06:44h, 15 March Reply

    Gratitude for my healthy beautiful, grandchildren

    Posted at 06:49h, 15 March Reply

    Every little girl should have a puppy…

  • Kathryn Bergroth
    Posted at 06:50h, 15 March Reply

    Fantastic cause Gold 104.3 and so pleased we are all able to assist two children and their families to ensure their quality of life is better.

  • Brett Lucas
    Posted at 06:51h, 15 March Reply

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Debbie Dromi
    Posted at 06:51h, 15 March Reply

    Good work Gold!

  • Shane Carroll
    Posted at 06:54h, 15 March Reply

    I just love dogs and I think if it can make a difference to a human and a dog, well that’s just fantastic.

  • Emma Prato
    Posted at 06:54h, 15 March Reply


    Posted at 06:56h, 15 March Reply

    Karma…life is swings and roundabouts, you give, you get and the Aussie Spirit of mateship stays alive!

  • Linda Cheek
    Posted at 06:57h, 15 March Reply


  • James Allitt
    Posted at 07:00h, 15 March Reply

    What a great cause! All the best with your smart puppies Rheegan and Isabella

  • Sergiu Mihai
    Posted at 07:03h, 15 March Reply

    I was impressed by the story of the 11 y.o. girl living with type 1 diabetes, and the daily struggles of her working family, related to this unforgiving illness. I do believe all of us, who are blessed in life by many things we take for granted, should pay something forward to people who could really use and need our help.

  • Alexis Zerbe
    Posted at 07:04h, 15 March Reply

    I’m a single mum of 2 great kids but without my 2 normal pups I’m not sure I would have made it this far they bring so much love into my life. The lest I can do is help get a special pup into one of these special kids life.

  • Donna Leahy
    Posted at 07:06h, 15 March Reply

    Hi Guys, I am very grateful for everything in my life. I hit rock bottom 2 years ago almost losing my house, until the job I have now fell in my lap and I am able to donate $100.

    Love and Light Donna

  • ADRIAN Penter
    Posted at 07:19h, 15 March Reply

    Good luck guys great job cheers

  • Gavan Taylor
    Posted at 07:29h, 15 March Reply

    I was extremely moved by these stories and whilst we all have daily challenges, they pale into insignificance when you hear of the challenges facing these kids and their families.

  • Leanne Gunstone
    Posted at 07:30h, 15 March Reply

    An absolutely wonderful idea!!!

  • Tara Murnane
    Posted at 07:35h, 15 March Reply

    Such a good cause and hopefully the parents of the type 1 diabetic girl can get some more rest!!

  • Nigel Harris
    Posted at 07:36h, 15 March Reply

    Children shouldn’t have to suffer and any little thing we can do to improve their quality of life is worth the world to them.

  • Katrina Pryor
    Posted at 07:38h, 15 March Reply

    You have brought tears to my eyes about the beautiful people still left in the world.

    Posted at 07:41h, 15 March Reply


  • Steven Dunlop
    Posted at 08:34h, 15 March Reply

    All for a good cause, every little bit counts

  • Karen Lloyd
    Posted at 08:38h, 15 March Reply

    Heard about this on 104.3 Christian O’Connell show

  • Daisy-May Creighton
    Posted at 08:40h, 15 March Reply

    As somebody who works with children (and many with additional needs), I can see first hand just how fantastic this would be for a child who may be struggling. Thank you Christian for changing this little boy’s life.

  • Martyn Dunbar-Stuart
    Posted at 09:18h, 15 March Reply

    Happy to donate to a cause that can improve people’s lives. Also really hoping like some others on here that the child who didn’t raise enough with the parents that donated what they had raised to Reghan will be considered.

  • Robyn Wilson
    Posted at 16:19h, 22 November Reply

    What a worthy cause!

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