Hello family, friends and colleagues.
In less than three weeks from now I will be participating in an ultramarathon, part of the 4 Deserts Race series - the world's leading rough-country endurance footrace series.
This year’s ‘Racing the Planet’ event will be held in Queenstown New Zealand, where all competitors will race the 250km distance while carrying all their own equipment and food.
As part of this challenge I have decided to raise funds to support the work of Assistance Dogs Australia by asking family, friends and colleagues to make a donation.
Assistance Dogs Australia train and place dogs with people in need (free of charge to the individual). It costs in excess of $35,000 to train each dog; everything from purchasing a puppy, to food, vaccinations, training, and placement of dog with client.
Assistance Dogs do not receive any government funding and therefore rely on the generosity of individuals, corporate and philanthropic organisations to provide their vital services to the community.
The services that these dogs are trained to provide are listed at the end of this message, but in addition to these services they provide love and companionship to people who might otherwise be lonely or isolated from the community. This of course comes naturally to dogs – no training required for unconditional friendship.
Please help Assistance Dogs Australia by giving whatever you can using the 'Donate Now' button, and please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it’ll make a huge difference to the life of an adult or child living with a disability.
Services and benefits provided by assistance dogs:
• Open and close doors, drawers and cupboards
• Retrieve dropped items and fridge
• Retrieved dropped items
• Press the button at the traffic lights
• Take the washing out of the machine
• Remove items of clothing
• Pay the cashier at the shops
• Alert bark if their owner is in danger
• Assist with the development and improvement of motor skills
• Provide greater freedom and independence
• Reduce the need for a carer
• Improve self-esteem and confidence