Thank you for supporting Guide Dogs

Did you know it costs more than $50,000 to train a Guide Dog, Autism Assistance Dog, or Therapy Dog?

Our vital work means so much to people living with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families. With minimal Government funding and a growing demand for our specialist support, we rely on our dedicated supporters to help us raise much-needed funds and continue changing lives.

There are many ways you can get involved:

To learn more about raising funds to support Guide Dogs, contact our Fundraising team:

A young woman with low vision sits side by side with her golden Guide Dog.

Host a fundraiser

Holding your own fundraising event is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways you can support Guide Dogs and help make a difference for people living with disability.

Just pick a fundraising idea, register your event with Guide Dogs, and we’ll support you every step of the way to ensure your fundraiser is a success. We have lots of fun ideas to get you started! You could hold a pupcake stall, dinner party, raffle or more – the possibilities are endless.

No matter how you choose to help, you can feel good about the positive impact you will make. All funds raised will help Guide Dogs continue delivering our life-changing services to enable independence for people living with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families.

To get started or register an event, call (08) 8203 8302 or email fundraising@guidedogs.org.au and our friendly Fundraising team will be in touch to help you.

Learn more about hosting a fundraiser for Guide Dogs

Orange and white Guide Dogs SA/NT balloons.

Community Talks

Our Community Talks program offers organisations, community groups, and educational institutions a unique opportunity to learn more about who we are and what we do from one of Guide Dogs’ engaging community speakers. Presentations cover a range of topics and can cater to a variety of audiences, from students to corporate offices and community groups.

As a not-for-profit organisation, Guide Dogs relies heavily on donations from the community to provide our vital services. As such, we ask organisations that wish to book a Community Talk to contribute a minimum $100 donation. If you do not have the funds immediately available, we have a variety of fundraising options that can assist you in raising the donation.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our clients, volunteers staff and the public, Community Talks are currently unavailable at this time. If you have any enquiries, please call (08) 8115 6060.

PAWGUST

PAWGUST is Guide Dogs’ national fundraising event, challenging dog owners across Australia to walk their dog for 30 minutes each day for 30 days during August. That’s roughly 2 km per day, which is no small feat in the winter weather!

Not only is PAWGUST a fun way to get active and spend time with your four-legged friend, but you’ll raise vital funds for Guide Dogs by asking family and friends to sponsor you. Every dollar raised helps us continue delivering our life-changing services to enable independence and inclusion for people in our community.

Learn more or sign up for PAWGUST

A Mother pushes a pram whilst her husband walks their Guide Dog on a stroll through the park.

Boss' Blind Date

Boss’ Blind Date is an immersive fundraising event where South Australia’s top bosses go blindfolded for part of their work day to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs.

The event encourages business leaders across the state to engage their peers, friends and family in sponsoring them as they participate in a range of blindfolded challenges, like leading a team meeting or hosting a corporate lunch.

Boss’ Blind Date is the perfect opportunity for employers looking to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment. The event raises much-needed funds to help us continue changing lives, while also providing business leaders and their colleagues with a rich experience in inclusion, team building and compassion.

Learn more about how you can get involved with Boss’ Blind Date

Four corporate workers with blindfold on top of their heads, the two in the middle are holding puppies.

In Memory

An In Memory donation is a special way to celebrate the generosity and life of a loved one when they pass away. By offering friends and family the opportunity to make a donation to Guide Dogs instead of sending flowers, you can honour their memory and make a life-changing difference for people with vision impairment, children with autism, and their families.

If you wish to receive In Memory donations when you pass away, it may be helpful to inform your family, friends, estate executor or include instructions in your Will. If you would like more information about this, or about leaving a gift to Guide Dogs in your will, please contact our friendly team on (08) 8203 8302 or email fundraising@guidedogs.org.au.

Learn more about offering an In Memory donation

Point of Sale Fundraising

Our iconic Collection Dogs and Tap-to-Donate devices enable businesses to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs at no cost, other than a small amount of counter or floor space. By collecting donations on behalf of Guide Dogs, you can support our work enabling independence and changing lives for people in our community.

How do Collection Dogs work?

Our Fundraising volunteers regularly attend businesses to empty and maintain our Collection Dogs. Large Collection Dogs are maintained on site, while small Collection Dogs are replaced with a new dog each time. Once the contents have been counted, businesses receive a letter detailing how much money their dog has collected.

Our large Collection Dogs are around 85 cm tall and are suitable for high volume areas, such as supermarkets, shopping centres and large variety stores. Our small Collection Dogs are about 28 cm tall and can sit on a counter near a cash register, such as a hotel, newsagency or bakery. All our Collection Dogs are labelled with our logo and contact details.

How does Tap-to-Donate work?

Tap-to-Donate technology enables businesses to support Guide Dogs by hosting a small paywave terminal located at their point of sale. The device works just like paywave on a regular eftpos terminal – you simply tap your card to donate a fixed amount of $4 to Guide Dogs.

Tap-to-Donate devices are suitable for any high traffic, public-facing business. They take up minimal counter space and only require access to a power point outlet.

Receipts are not issued by our Tap-to-Donate devices. If you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt with your donation, please visit our donation page.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to be one of the many businesses that support Guide Dogs by hosting a Collection Dog or Tap-to-Donate terminal, please contact our friendly Fundraising team:

A small yellow Labrador puppy sitting in an oversized Guide Dog harness.