GRAB your walking shoes, grab your pooch and get ready for PAWGUST.
Off the back of last year’s successful fundraising initiative, Guide Dogs Australia is gearing up for another action-packed PAWGUST this August – and registrations are now open.
Launched last year, PAWGUST proved to be popular with dog lovers all across Australia, with more than 5,300 people taking part and more than $596,000 raised to help a litter of puppies become future Guide Dogs.
Tasmanians alone accounted for 244 of the participants and raised more than $20,000 of the total funds raised, and this year it’s hoped that even more locals will get on board.
Guide Dogs Tasmania fundraising coordinator Kristy Wright said PAWGUST was a simple, fun concept that anyone could take part in.
“PAWGUST involves you making a commitment to walk your dog every day for the whole month of August, which is no small feat in winter weather,” she said.
“By sharing your challenge journey, and asking family and friends for donations of support, you will be directly impacting the lives of Tasmanians living with sight loss.”
Ms Wright said Guide Dogs played a critical role in enabling people with vision impairment to move around their communities safely and independently.
She said they were also a source of constant support and companionship.
“It costs in excess of $50,000 to raise and train a Guide Dog, so we’d love the support of as many Glenorchy residents as possible to allow us to continue providing these life changing dogs to people living with vision loss or blindness,” she said.
Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry.
You can still get involved in PAWGUST by doing your 30-minute walk on your own or with your human best mate.
“The best thing about this challenge is that you can do it whenever you want to,” Ms Wright said.
“Walk morning, noon or night – whatever suites you best.”
- Schedule it in. Do mornings or pre-dinner walks.
- Plan your walking routes to ensure you get your 30 minutes in.
- Go on different adventures on the weekends – beach, parks, forest walks. Do something different, your dog’s nose will love the new smells.
- Get out there – rain, hail or shine. You have committed and people have donated to you, so you have to do it.
- Mix up your walking routes and time of day to keep it interesting.
For more information or to register for PAWGUST, visit www.pawgust.com.au.
Caption: Louise Hedger with one-year-old Missy. Photo credit: Madison Jones.