You can afford to buy a dog! 

The main objective for me with fundraising for Isla’s assistance dog is awareness and acceptance in the community. Of course, it is important that ADNZ have the funds to support their amazing work, training these special dogs, and so they can help other families in need; but the awareness that fundraising provides is an important element of the whole process.

When walking to school with ADNZ dog Nemo someone stopped in her car and said “Hi Isla is this your new dog?”. When going to school people I didn’t know greeted Isla with big hellos. How awesome for Isla and for me that we are breaking down the barriers and educating people about what a special little girl she is.

I am sure there are a few people who are wondering why we don’t just pay for the dog ourselves outright when we can afford it.  I am sure I would think the same thing in their position.  ADNZ ask for you to fundraise $20,000 which is only a partial cost towards the training of one dog throughout its lifetime.  This is paying it forward for other families and supporting the charity….not actually buying a dog.  We will be contributing along the way, covering costs for all fundraising events that we hold so that every dollar someone gives goes to the charity.  We see it as an amazing opportunity to educate because it is so important that special needs kids are accepted for who they are.  When Isla is out with her dog in the future, those people who put money in collection baskets down the bay, those people who bought a movie ticket from around Auckland, and those people who generously donated through her Givealittle page, will know a little more about Isla and what she is about.  I am so very grateful for the support of everybody, local business and amazing friends in Glendowie who are helping us with our fundraising efforts.  It means more to our family and ADNZ than you’ll ever know.

How can you help?

Support an event 

Sausage Sizzle, Sat 27th Feb from 8.30am outside Animates Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington

Stall at St Heliers Sandcastle Competition, Sat 19th March 

Girls Movie Night at Berkeley Mission Bay (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2) on Thursday 31st March at 7.00pm for 8.00pm movie. For tickets contact or text 021 590 535

Save the date for a “Back to School” disco on Saturday 28th May at Glendowie Churchill Club.  Donate an item for auction. 

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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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