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Every year the SA Guide-Dogs challenges participants to take 100,000 steps over 8 days while raising funds for the Non-profit Organisation.


South Africa (25 April 2022) – Grab your walking shoes, collars and leads! South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind will be hosting their much-anticipated annual fundraising event, The Step Up for Guide-Dogs Walkathon, from the 3rd of May to the 10th of May 2022. 

Every year the Association challenges participants to take 100,000 steps over the 8 days while raising funds for the Non-profit Organisation through the online crowd-funding platform, GivenGain. 

Entries are now open on https://guidedog.org.za/step-up-for-guide-dogs-challenge/, and all are invited to join.

“The Walkathon this year aims to raise R350,000.00 for the Association. All funds raised go towards the training of our Assistance Dogs,” says Regional Marketing Manager Jackie Quail, “and don’t forget, you don’t have to rack up all 100,000 steps on your own. Join as a team and divide the steps amongst you to lighten the load.”

Walkathon participants can record their steps using their phone, smartwatch or pedometer and upload their progress to their fundraising profile on the GivenGain Website. They are then encouraged to ask friends, family and colleagues to donate towards their walk to raise money. People from all over South Africa are invited to join this online event.

Every participant that raises R750.00 or more for the Association will receive a pair of SA Guide-Dogs Socks. Participants also stand a chance to win some wonderful prizes.

Step Up for SA Guide-Dogs in their Annual Walkathon.
Photo Cred: South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind

The Association has other fun activities for participants during the walkathon.

“We are giving our walkers extra chances to win prizes this year in our Walkathon Scavenger Hunts.  Throughout the week, we will be announcing different items and places to find when you are out and about on your walk. Snap a photo and tag us in and you could win.” says Jackie.

The Step Up for Guide-Dogs Walkathon is a fun activity for the entire family. Get your dogs, friends, family and colleagues involved and help raise much-needed funds for the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind.

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind breeds and trains Guide Dogs for people who are Visually Impaired, Service Dogs for people who are Physically Disabled and Autism Support Dogs for children who are on the Low Autism Spectrum. The Association receives no government funding and relies on donations and fundraising activities to keep the doors open.

Sources: South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind
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