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New fundraiser supports our furry superheroes

A NEW fundraising campaign from Guide Dogs Tasmania is encouraging students to dress up as their favourite superhero in September

Guide Dogs Tasmania Super Schools is inviting childcares, early learning centres, primary and high schools, and community groups to register and host a superhero dress up day in September.

The funds will go towards Guide Dogs Tasmania’s own heroes, the furry four-legged kind that change the lives of Tasmanians living with low vision, disability and illness.

“It takes more than two years and costs approximately $50,000 to train a guide dog,” Guide Dogs Tasmania community fundraising coordinator Kristy Wright said.

“We’re hoping that with this campaign and many groups signing up and hosting a superhero day with a small donation from each participant that takes part, that we can raise much needed funds for guide dogs.”

Ms Wright said every school that signed up would go in the running to win a special visit from Guide Dogs Tasmania and ambassador dogs Murphy and Paris, and receive a presentation about Guide Dogs.

“We’re hoping to raise $10,000 and get about 50 groups signed up this year,” she said.

“It’s a simple concept and lots of fun, so we’re hoping this will go on to be an annual fundraising event where we get more groups involved.”

Tiny Tackers Children’s Centre in Glenorchy was one early childhood centre that had signed up for the fundraiser.

“We love to be a part of the community and want our kids to be active parts as well,” educator, room leaders and assistant director Samantha Cross said.

“Our children love superheroes, so not only is it educational for them in they’re learning about something news, but they get tod something they love too.”

To register for Guide Dogs Tasmania Super Schools, visit https://guidedogstas.grassrootz.com/super-schools.