ANZAC Day 2007 saw five donkeys giving rides to children in the beautiful grounds of the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru.
The idea was of the director of the Gallery and organised by members of the Donkey & Mule Society of New Zealand Inc. This was a way to mark the day and also the painting, 'Simpson & his donkey', painted by Horace Moore-Jones who was at Gallipoli and most likely witnessed the donkey Murphy and Simpson as they rescued the injured. The painting was on display in the Aigantighe Art Gallery and children were encouraged to read the story in a book, The Donkey Man (Glyn Harper), provided by the Gallery. This book is also available to members of the Donkey & Mule's Society in their Library
Bruce Clark, who brought the gazebo, issued tickets. Rides were a $2 coin but, with donations came to $182, which went to the Donkey and Mule Protection Trust, a registered charity. Other helpers were Sue Campbell, Maureen Booth, David Sim and Nick O'Brien.
The Timaru branch of the Red Cross Association provided authentic WWI armbands which were tied to the donkeys nosebands so that they looked just like the donkey in the painting.