There are lots of ways that you can get involved and fundraise and one of the best thing about hosting your own fundraiser for Guide Dogs is that you can get super creative! Click here for a list of fun ideas.
Every August, you can fundraise for Guide Dogs by grabbing your best mate and walking for 30 minutes for 30 days. Improve your fitness and that of your dog, and help Guide Dogs support people living with sight loss.
Guide Dogs across Australia is combining for the first time to fundraise as once united cause. PAWGUST has been created for all the dog owners and dog lovers who want to support a good cause. If that’s you, register now.
Meet some inspirational fundraisers
Run for Guide Dogs like Mike!
Showing that age is no barrier, Mike Thomas, who
is 8o years old, hit the pavement once again this
year to raise funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
in the City2Surf.
In preparation for the 14 kilometre track, Mike trained around his Retirement Village in Belrose.
"I've been doing some resistance training in the
pool and going for long walks. I even joined
a gym a couple of weeks ago," Mike said.
This was Mike’s third time running the City2Surf for Guide Dogs, however, Mike is no stranger to distance running having completed multiple marathons in the UK.
"I've competed in the London Marathon three times before, but the last time I did that was back in 2000," Mike said.
"I am 80 years old now, so I might be crawling on all fours to the finish line, but I like a challenge," he laughed.
This year, the Belrose resident raised over $4,000 for the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, which receives less than five per cent of its funding needs from the government.
"When my wife and I lived in England we raised funds for Guide Dogs. It's an organisation very close to our hearts, so this is an opportunity for us to continue supporting a great cause."
In conjunction with running, Mike organised for a Guide Dogs Public Relations Speaker to visit the Belrose Retirement Village and talk about their personal experience with vision loss, coinciding with a series of fundraising activities.
It takes more than two years and costs more than $50,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog.
In 2019 we are hoping to raise enough money through City2Surf to train a Guide Dog, so if you were reading this thinking you were “too old” or “too unfit” to participate in a running event, you need to look no further than Mike for inspiration!
Get your school involved like Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC)
PLC Sydney has been actively fundraising for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT since 1962 and raised over $500,000 – what an achievement!
In recent years, they set up their Annual Pet Show which has seen the donations continue to grow – in 2014 they raised a total $14,000. This annual event also forms part of the school's service learning program for Year 9 students. The program helps the girls learn about the challenges faced by a person who is vision impaired and encourages them to raise more funds to support these people.
“The students run the entire event themselves, from cold-calling businesses for donations, to organising stalls, competitions and entertainment. It's a wonderful learning experience for the girls, and reflects the College's emphasis on providing practical service to others," Pet Show Student Organising Committee Coordinator, Mrs Knapman said.
Take on a challenge like Daniel
Daniel is a Guide Dog Handler whose partnership and continued independence with Guide Dog Frodo inspired him to take on a challenge – participating in a 500km bike ride from Bathurst to Wodonga!
At the age of 16, Daniel developed a rare eye condition, Leber’s Optic Atrophy, which left him legally blind. While he has some peripheral vision, he cannot make out faces and the world he sees is a blur.
Despite his vision loss, Daniel continues to enjoy his sporting talent and adventurous streak. Now a qualified Physiotherapist, Daniel manages a busy schedule attending to clients with sports injuries, chronic pain, workplace injuries and disability.
In early 2017, Daniel’s employer Flexout Physiotherapy was approached by client (and Guide Dogs Australia Partner) Mars Petcare to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary by riding 500km from their Bathurst plant to their Wodonga plant. As an avid tandem bike rider, Daniel jumped at the chance to get involved.
"I am incredibly grateful to be part of a supportive workplace and to work with a fantastic group like Mars that understands the role Guide Dogs play in helping people like myself to live full, independent lives,” Daniel said.
“I know how helpful Guide Dogs have been to me, so I welcomed the opportunity to give back and help them continue to provide services at no cost to anyone who needs them."
While Daniel didn’t ride the full 500km, he and Flexout Physiotherapy were an integral part of the Mars team who collectively raised over $13,000 to help others living with sight loss enjoy the freedom and independence that Daniel enjoys.
More information about community fundraising
If you are interested in supporting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in your fundraising event, please get in touch with our Community Fundraising team on (02) 9412 9300 weekdays 9 am to 5 pm or email fundraising [at] guidedogs.com.au