Dave chats with Kristy Wright – Community Fundraising Coordinator at Guide Dogs Tasmania about next months Doga Challenge
Statewide in August Doga is the combination of yoga and dogs, and the Doga Challenge is an exciting new campaign that invites participants to challenge themselves to 30 minutes of Doga a day, for 30 days during August to increase their strength, flexibility and bond with their best 4-legged friend.
“Doga is a great opportunity to improve your health as well as improving the bond between you and
your dog. We are excited to be able to take the lead in this new fundraising initiative to raise much
needed funds for Guide Dogs Tasmania” says Kristy Wright, Fundraising Coordinator.
“Having your dog participate or close by during a Doga session promotes calmness in both you and
the dog, strengthens the bond between a dog and owner, and keeps the dog’s mind active which can
help with improving their general behaviours and responsiveness to training” says Kim Ryan, Guide Dogs
Services Program Manager.
Take the Doga Challenge and be prepared for some laughs. Sometimes it feels a little more like playing
Twister than doing yoga, when your best mate decides to lay underneath you or claim the middle of the
Volunteer Laura Thompson and Guide Dog in Training, Gilbert have signed up to take part in the Doga
Challenge. “Spending time with these amazing dogs and seeing firsthand how important they are
to those with visual impairments makes me feel so passionate about helping Guide Dogs Tasmania
wherever I can, to ensure their great work can continue. I’m excited for the Doga Challenge as I find
having a goal helps me to stay on track. My aim is to improve my splits by the end of the month,
although I’m not sure how much yoga I will actually achieve – Gilbert, thinks that my exercise time is play
time!” she said.
About Guide Dogs Tasmania
Guide Dogs Tasmania provides Guide, Therapy and Companion Dogs for Tasmanians living with disability.
These life changing dogs offer independence, mobility, safety and friendship to those who need it most.
Guide Dogs Tasmania is the only organisation to raise and train puppies right here in the state, with local
instructors available to provide ongoing support and aftercare.
It costs over $50,000 to raise and train one of these Tasmanian heroes and we are dependent upon the
generous Tasmanian community for support.
Guide Dogs Tasmania is owned and operated by VisAbility Ltd.
Sign up at Website: www.dogachallenge.com.au