Registration is now open for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs’ newest fundraising event – the Woof-a-Thon Virtual Challenge.
Participants are invited to choose an activity to complete during the week of Oct. 4 to 10th and collect pledges to raise funds for the breeding, raising and training of Guide Dogs, Autism Service Dogs and PTSD Service Dogs.
“Physical distancing doesn’t mean social isolation, we can all get active together,” says Joni Wright, Director of Development and Communications for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. “We have a person making braided fleece tug toys that she will be donating to the puppy training program, another is walking 50 km over five days, someone else is doing sit ups while their dog does puppy push-ups. I’m impressed with everyone’s creativity!”
The top fundraisers from each group (Under 10, ages 11 – 24, ages 25+, Team) will be invited to name a puppy from a future BC & Alberta Guide Dogs litter.
“Ten beautiful puppies were born early this month and we have other litters due soon,” added Linda Thornton, Director of Breeding for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. “We look forward to hearing the names chosen by our challenge winners”
The online event raises funds to help BC & Alberta Guide Dogs provide Guide Dogs for people who are blind/visually-impaired, Autism Service Dogs for children with profound autism and their families, and PTSD Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders living with Operational Stress Injuries. These certified Guide and Service Dogs are provided at no cost to recipients, along with training and aftercare support. To fund these programs, the organization relies on donations and proceeds from its fundraising events, which have been severely impacted because of the pandemic.
The Woof-a-Thon Virtual Challenge is generously sponsored by Mott Electric GP. Registration and donation information is available on the Canada Helps website.