Put your best paw forward for Guide Dogs

Published 12:00pm 26 July 2023

Put your best paw forward for Guide Dogs
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Dog lovers of all ages are being encouraged to hit the pavement with their furry friends next month to help raise money for a ‘pawsome’ cause.

Registrations are now open for Guide Dog’s national fundraiser PAWGUST, which is held every August.

As part of the campaign, participants set themselves a goal to walk or run throughout the month and ask their friends or family to donate.

All money raised during PAWGUST goes towards providing orientation and mobility training, Guide Dogs, adaptive aids, counselling, case management and other vital services to people living with vision loss or blindness. All these services are provided at no cost to their clients.

Guide Dogs Queensland CEO Michael Knightly says PAWGUST is an easy and fun way to make a positive difference to the lives of people who are blind or who have low vision.

“Guide Dogs has been transforming the lives of individuals living with low vision and blindness fore 60 years, and PAWGUST is a fantastic opportunity for Australians to show their support,” Michael says.

“We invite Australians from all walks of life to grab their furry friends and join us in this fun-filled month of fundraising.”

It is estimated there are over 575,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision and this number is expected to significantly increase.

To help brighten your day, and to show how important this fundraiser is, click through the gallery to see some adorable photos of Guide Dog puppies. 

How to register

Registrations to take part in PAWGUST are now open.

For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit the PAWGUST website.

People under the age of 18 can be involved, however a parent or guardian needs to complete the registration form on their behalf.

You can still sign up to take part in PAWGUST even if they don’t have a dog.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

About Guide Dogs Queensland

For more than 60 years, Guide Dogs Queensland has delivered essential services to anyone who is blind or has low vision.

They provide a variety of services tailored to meet the needs of each individual including orientation and mobility; Occupational therapy; Counselling; Guide Dog mobility; Assistive technology; Programs for kids and teens; Support for adults, seniors and carers; Leisure and lifestyle programs; And therapy dogs.

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