Thank you 

This week has actually been quite emotional with Isla’s page going up on the fundraising page Givealittle. It is so heartwarming that people are so supportive and we’ve been amazed how generous everyone has been, even those I have never met, to help us meet our goal to fundraise $20,000 for Assistance Dogs NZ.

I am humbled by the encouragement and support from this amazing community we live in where busy people are stepping up with offers of help to arrange events so we can reach our goal.   It is sometimes quite isolating having a child with special needs but all of us are definitely feeling the love this week.

I think that’s the great thing about fundraising that it brings people and communities together and it builds bonds between families.  We are also raising awareness for both autism and what these amazing dogs do to help these kids at the same time. When Isla gets her assistance dog and people see her out and about, they will know they played a part in helping her get her new friend and they will also understand why she has it.

Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared posts and offered to help.  We really appreciate it.  We have a long way to go but the task doesn’t seem as daunting with others on our side.

Please come and support our first event which is a Sausage Sizzle and yummy Bake Sale outside Animates, Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, Auckland on Saturday, 27th February from 9am.

Or visit our stall at the St Heliers Sandcasrle Competition on Saturday 19th March.

We are also having  a “Girls Movie Night” in Mission Bay on Thursday 31st March.  Contact for tickets.

Keep an eye on Isla’s facebook page – SimplyIsla for details of more events.

To donate go to :

Published by Sara Stythe

Hi my name is Sara Stythe and I am a mum of 3 beautiful girls. This is a place to share knowledge, resources and information I have learnt along the way on this unexpected journey with our unique youngest daughter. Isla is missing a tiny bit of her 2nd chromosome (2q23.1 Microdeletion Syndrome, recently known as MAND) causing autism, epilepsy and development delay. If you would like to receive my new blog posts by email you can subscribe. Thank you

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