Footscray West Primary School student Matilda Herbert and her dog Jeffy are walking the walk in support of Guide Dogs Australia’s Pawgust challenge.
As part of the challenge, the pair are walking for 30 minutes each day throughout August to raise funds towards providing orientation and mobility training, guide dogs, adaptive aids, counselling, case management and other vital services to people living with vision loss or blindness.
Matilda’s mother Kim said Matilda is also undertaking the challenge with former Maribyrnong deputy mayor Megan Bridger-Darling.
“Matilda has pledged to walk our dog Jeffy for 30 minutes for every day in August to encourage people to donate,” she said.
“We are hoping to raise as much money as possible.”
Matilda and Jeffy are continuing to raise funds for the fundraising campaign, after surpassing their initial goal of $290, with their current total at $345 at the time of publication.
Funds raised will contribute to a range of Guide Dogs Australia goods and services, with $55 paying for a rainbow cane to help children get around safely, $124 paying for a special harness to help guide dogs work safely with an instructor and $290 paying for a graduated guide dog to spend one-on-one time training with their new human.