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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. 


Name Comment Date Amount
Michelle Smith If you're not first, you're last Apr 14, 2017 R 411.28
Liz Lyne Good Luck Claire. Have fun out there! Apr 14, 2017 R 205.64
Colleen Better small than nothing. Great cause! Good for you Claire :) Apr 13, 2017 R 51.41
Ryker Felgenhauer Puppies!!! Apr 13, 2017 R 694.50
Lean Terblanche Good luck Claire! Lots of love x Apr 13, 2017 R 257.05
Love to Run All the best! Apr 04, 2017 R 514.10
Colleen Poleman At least your running's going somewhere :) #forthedogs Apr 03, 2017 R 110.00
Andy & Olivia Good luck Claire #CCAC Apr 01, 2017 R 514.10
Arno Nemus Humble, Ernest, Ever Inspirational Ross & Claire. Never stop looking out for the interest of those who can't themselves. Mar 29, 2017 R 401.00
Seleste Awesome Claire xx Mar 29, 2017 R 102.82
Dogmatix Great hustle Mz Claire! Can you hook me up with a cute Labrador puppy to babysit?? Feb 16, 2017 R 514.10
The Gray Hounds We are too crazy to be guide dogs! But we think they totally rock, and so do you dear Claire. ?? Feb 16, 2017 R 205.64
Tanya Posthumus-Fox Go Claire-Bear! You got this #runnergirl ! #inspiration #run #formorethanyourself #guidedogs #doglover #rescuedogs Feb 16, 2017 R 210.00
Martin & Deborah van der Pas You can do it! Feb 14, 2017 R 102.82
Vernon Thomas Always willing to support! Feb 14, 2017 R 514.10
Andrew Day Good luck on the run and for doing great work for charity Feb 14, 2017 R 257.05
Aisling de Klerk Great cause Claire. Good luck! Feb 14, 2017 R 160.00
Steve & Talana Thank you, from fellow dog lovers xx Feb 14, 2017 R 514.10
Lisa Vassiliades A worthy cause Feb 13, 2017 USD $ 15.75
Dave Blakey Awesome cause! Feb 13, 2017 USD $ 78.73
Jenna Williams Only run if you want to get somewhere faster! Go for it! Feb 13, 2017 USD $ 39.37
Janine Rix-Radley You go girl!!! <3 Feb 13, 2017 R 210.00
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Donations to date

R 9 238.23

Fundraising target

R 9 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 1 500.00

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.