Paw-some fundraiser for Guide Dogs

Posted: 4pm 27 Jul 2022

Bray Park’s Krista Webb will be pounding the pavement with Border Collie Sundae in August to raise money for a paw-some cause.

They’re taking part in PAWGUST, Guide Dogs’ biggest national fundraiser.

It’s the second time Krista’s signed up – she joined last year just after Sundae turned one.

She was inspired to raise money while working as a receptionist at a vet clinic while completing her teaching degree.

“There was a rehabilitation clinic next door and a Guide Dog would come in for hydrotherapy and he was the most beautiful dog ever,” Krista says.

A conversation with one of the vets about the cost of raising and training Guide Dogs gave Krista paws for thought.

“I wanted to donate to them and when I was looking, an advertisement for PAWGUST popped up,” she explains.

|“I walk Sundae every day anyway, so I thought I might as well commit to raising money too.|

“If you’re a dog owner you’re really already doing PAWGUST without raising money because you’re walking your dog every day to fulfill their needs.”

Vital fundraising

Krista and Sundae raised more than $800 for Guide Dogs last year and she says she’s on track this year, with more than $300 donated before PAWGUST officially begins.

“Last year we were sponsored by a small, family-owned company, Cherry Pie’s Delights, which makes dog treats and gave us treats to sell, which really helped.”

PAWGUST participants commit to walking or running at least 30 minutes a day with their furry friends, raising money through sponsorship from family, friends and workmates.

Funds raised during PAWGUST will go towards helping breed, raise and train Guide Dogs in a bid to create a world where everyone who needs a Guide Dog, has a Guide Dog.

It costs about $50,000 to breed, raise, and train a Guide Dog to provide independence and companionship to someone with blindness or low vision.

Find out more about the PAWGUST challenge here.

Donate to Krista and Sundae’s PAWGUST campaign here.

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