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The South African Guide Dog Association is celebrating 70 years and their goal was to raise R700,000 but donors helped them reach more than they could have dreamed of.


South Africa (31 August 2023) – The SA Guide Dogs Association set a big goal for its 70th birthday, to raise R700,000 in 70 days. The 70 Days of Giving campaign launched in May and ran until the 18th of July. The team made the final announcement this week, sharing that they surpassed the goal and managed to raise more… a lot more!

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind breeds and trains Guide Dogs for visually impaired people, 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.

Their funding campaign was to help cover the rising costs they are experiencing so that the work they do isn’t affected.

“We can finally announce the total amount raised from the 70 Days of Giving for the SA Guide Dogs Association.
Our original aim was to raise R700 000.00 in 70 Days to help pay our ever-increasing bills.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that with the help of our amazing supporters, we managed to raise an incredible total of R 941,161.59.

The response to this campaign blows us away, and we are so grateful for every person who donated and raised funds for the Association. Thank you!

What a wonderful way to celebrate 70 Years of SA Guide Dogs!” – SA Guide Dogs Association

The impact of having a guide dog goes beyond just getting around, they are essential to living a well-balanced life. Sr Alet Joubert shared insights into the true impact of the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind.

The bond between a guide dog and its human is remarkably strong, extending beyond mere assistance to a cherished companionship. The positive impact of these faithful canines on their owners’ lives cannot be overstated. With a guide dog as their trusty sidekick, owners can confidently explore new places, engage in social activities, and pursue their goals and interests with ease. The presence of a guide dog can also bring an unparalleled sense of empowerment, providing their owners with a newfound feeling of self-sufficiency and control.

In essence, guide dogs serve as a vital support system, enhancing the independence, well-being, and overall quality of life of those who depend on them, making them an integral part of their daily lives.

The work it does is life-changing. Should you wish to find out more about the organisation, you can do so here.

Sources: South African Guide Dogs Association
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