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Claire Mathieson's running is going to the dogs

Claire Mathieson's running is going to the dogs

Personal message

I've gained so much in my short and relatively slow running career that it now seems appropriate to give back. I've also gained great joy in adopting two beloved Golden Retrievers - one of the breeds that make a difference in many lives thanks to the great work being done by the SA Guide Dog Association. I can only imagine the joy that these dogs bring to those in need of a service dog. 

It takes up to eighteen months to train a service dog, but thanks to generous donations from all over South Africa, Guide Dogs are available to any person regardless of their financial position. The visually impaired person pays R100.00 towards their board and lodging for a 2 week stay at our training residence and R5.00 to purchase the dog. This is only made possible through fundraising. In fact, the true cost of a Guide Dog is R80,000. I'm hoping to make in a dent in that number for someone. 

I'll be running the Two Oceans Half Marathon in aid of this very worthy cause. 

Donations

  • Apr 14, 2017 - R 411.28
  • "If you're not first, you're last" - Michelle Smith

  • Apr 14, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Good Luck Claire. Have fun out there!" - Liz Lyne

  • Apr 13, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "Better small than nothing. Great cause! Good for you Claire :)" - Colleen

  • Apr 13, 2017 - R 694.50
  • "Puppies!!!" - Ryker Felgenhauer

  • Apr 13, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "Good luck Claire! Lots of love x" - Lean Terblanche

  • Apr 04, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "All the best!" - Love to Run

  • Apr 03, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "At least your running's going somewhere :) #forthedogs" - Colleen Poleman

  • Apr 01, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Claire #CCAC" - Andy & Olivia

  • Mar 29, 2017 - R 401.00
  • "Humble, Ernest, Ever Inspirational Ross & Claire. Never stop looking out for the interest of those who can't themselves." - Arno Nemus

  • Mar 29, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Awesome Claire xx" - Seleste

  • Feb 16, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Great hustle Mz Claire! Can you hook me up with a cute Labrador puppy to babysit?? " - Dogmatix

  • Feb 16, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "We are too crazy to be guide dogs! But we think they totally rock, and so do you dear Claire. ??" - The Gray Hounds

  • Feb 16, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "Go Claire-Bear! You got this #runnergirl ! #inspiration #run #formorethanyourself #guidedogs #doglover #rescuedogs" - Tanya Posthumus-Fox

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "You can do it!" - Martin & Deborah van der Pas

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Always willing to support!" - Vernon Thomas

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "Good luck on the run and for doing great work for charity" - Andrew Day

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 160.00
  • "Great cause Claire. Good luck!" - Aisling de Klerk

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you, from fellow dog lovers xx" - Steve & Talana

  • Feb 13, 2017 - USD $ 15.75
  • "A worthy cause" - Lisa Vassiliades

  • Feb 13, 2017 - USD $ 78.73
  • "Awesome cause!" - Dave Blakey

  • Feb 13, 2017 - USD $ 39.37
  • "Only run if you want to get somewhere faster! Go for it! " - Jenna Williams

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "You go girl!!! <3" - Janine Rix-Radley

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 9 238.23

Fundraising target

R 9 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 1 500.00
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SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind

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Since 1953, South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) has strived to expand its offerings to the differently-abled community of Southern Africa, extending beyond Guide Dogs to include Service Dogs for people who are physically impaired, Autism Support Dogs for children with autism, and the College of Orientation & Mobility, whose Orientation & Mobility (O&M) practitioners teach people who are visually impaired to continue their lives in a safe and efficient manner and how to use a long cane as a mobility aid.