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18 August, 2016

Vets run Pub2Pub

A group shot of the staff from Mona Vale Vets before running the Pub2Pub last year

Mona Vale Vets run for a pawesome cause

For the second year in a row, staff from Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital are running in the Pub2Pub to raise funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

"Guide Dogs is such a worthwhile charity, and one that we have personally seen the benefit of in people's lives," said Jenny Wingham, Vet at Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital.

"We had a couple of clients that were Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs, and we also used to have a client who was a Guide Dog handler. We treated his Guide Dog regularly, and also looked after his retired Guide Dog."

For Jenny, seeing this client taking his child to childcare one day had a particularly powerful effect on her.

"He had his baby on his back, a baby bag in one hand, his Guide Dog's harness in the other and he was just walking like anyone else down the street- past busy shops and everything. For me, that moment made me really understand the important role these dogs have in the life of someone with vision loss."

Group shot of Mona Vales Vets in the hospital holding up a Guide Dogs poster

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is the leading provider of Guide Dogs and other services that enable people with impaired vision to get around their communities safely and independently.

Each Guide Dog undergoes almost two years of intensive training including how to navigate obstacles, travel on public transport, find landmarks such as bus-stops, and cross the road safely, before graduating.

Last year the team from Mona Vale Veterinary Hospital raised $2293 for the organisation, which receives less than two per cent of its funding needs from the government.

In light of the generous support they received from the local community last year, the team of eager Vets are looking to better their fundraising efforts at the iconic Northern Beaches event on August 28.

"The Pub2Pub is a wonderful thing to be a part of and a great community event. We're looking forward to participating and supporting Guide Dogs again this year," Jenny said.

It takes more than two years and costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog.

"With the demand for Guide Dogs' services increasing due to growing numbers of people having trouble getting around as a result of vision loss, we're incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the community," said Natalie Moses, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Acting General Manager Fundraising.

"It's thanks to the public's generosity, through volunteering or donations, that we can continue providing services to clients at no cost."

There are an estimated 300,000 Australians with uncorrectable vision loss, 100,000 of whom live in NSW and the ACT. These figures are predicted to increase by more than 50% by 2030.

You can support Mona Vale Vets in the Pub2Pub by donating to their everydayhero page. All proceeds go to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.