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Get Ready to Walk!

Southeastern Guide Dogs’ biggest fundraiser of the year is set for March 3, but people are getting ready for it now, here’s why.

Every year Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Walkathon draws supporters from all over the country.  Some are volunteers, some graduates, some sponsors and others just want to get out and walk with their best friend.

This year’s Walkathon looks to bring the biggest crowd yet with the location being shifted to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park.  The gorgeous location along with a street fair vibe complete with food vendors and fun things for the whole family are sure to bring crowds in droves.

What makes Walkathon different from all other charity walks?  It’s dog-friendly, of course!  Not only are dogs welcome, but expected to join in on the fun – and with the dog’s registration fee comes a dog bandana. 

You’re likely to be walking alongside dogs from Southeastern as well, as many graduates, puppy raisers and ambassador handlers join in the fun and participate in the walk. There is even a chance for you to experience what it is like to walk blindfolded with a trained dog.

There are also lots of activities for the family after you have made your way around the 3K course. There will be a bouncy house for the kids, dog massages for your four-legged family member, food galore, and shopping opportunities for everyone!  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a grand prize of $10,000!

So why are we talking about this now?  Well, while Walkathon is a fantastically fun event, it is first and foremost a fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs. The money raised from Walkathon allows Southeastern to continue to create and support approximately 100 teams per year, all at no charge to the recipient. So now is the time to start your personal fundraising; put together a team of walkers at work and get pledges; start a friendly competition with your spouse over who can raise the most; hold a car wash or bake sale with the proceeds going to your Walkathon total; etc., etc.. 

An easy way to start is to go to www.sitstaygive.org and set-up your personal fundraising page and then send out that link to everyone in your address book – you’ll be surprised at how generous your contacts can be.

Want some more incentive?  If you or your team collectively raises at least $3,500, you can sponsor a puppy and that comes with naming (and bragging) rights!  Think about it, a dog named after someone special to you could one day provide someone with the gift of mobility and independence.

So save the date of March 3 for a fun walk with your whole family, but hit the bricks now to achieve your fundraising goal for a fantastic organization!

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