SA Guide-Dogs Association - Successful Charities 2018
The South African Guide-Dogs Association is part of an international movement which uses the aptitude and stable temperament of dogs to give safe and independent mobility and companionship to people who are visually impaired and to advocate the recognition and protection of the rights of all persons with disabilities. They breed all their own dogs from specially selected stock and these pups are then raised by ‘Puppy Raisers’ until they are 12 to 14 months of age. They then commence their training. The formal training takes approximately 6 months, with the dog having up to three 40-minute training sessions a day. At the end of the formal training period the dog is very carefully matched to a blind person who has been on our waiting list.
They train on average 60 guide, service and autism support dogs every year. The average working life of a Guide-dog is 8-10 years in which SAGA is always on hand to provide support and advice, and in the case of a retired dog, they also provide Guide-Dog owner with a replacement dog.
They do not receive any form of Government assistance, and all funds are raised from the public by way of donations, sponsorships and appeals.
SA Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind will be challenging runners and supporters to join the Two Oceans Guide-Dog Team and donating to our worthy cause.
Option 1 - Runners pay an entry fee of R1500 For this they will receive entry into the Half Marathon, a SA Guide-Dogs branded running vest, entry to a hospitality area and a chance to win sponsored prizes.
Option 2 – Runners pay an entry fee of R750 and pledge to raise a minimum of R1500. Runners pay the initial R750 and sign an undertaking to raise the additional funds from sponsorships. They will assist them with this by providing a space on their website to advertise for them so that sponsors can support them nationally. For this they will receive entry into the Half Marathon, a SA Guide-Dogs branded running vest, entry to a hospitality area and a chance to win sponsored prizes.
Contact: Avril Salo
Tel: 021 674 7395 or 072 477 1884