Wednesday, March 14, 2012

6th Annual Walk for Those Who Can't

The 6th Annual Walk for Those Who Can't is right around the corner.  The team is working to bring you a fun 2012 Walk.  Based on your input, we have created a longer route and we have added vendors.  

Besides the fun, the great fundraising prizes (like a week in Florida) and the raffle items available, we all have at the Walk for Those Who Can't, this event is important to Canines for Service.  It helps us to raise money needed for programs that serve people in our communities.  The largest fundraiser for Canines for Service in the Wilmington area, the funds raised help to provide people waiting for their service dog, a 4-legged gift of independence, provides training and certification for pet owners and their dogs to become pet therapy teams and volunteer visiting nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals and working with children.  Requests for our services are up.  Our wait list for a service dog in the Canines for Service program is 2 to 4 years and for Veterans up to 10 months in the Canines for Veterans program.  We have many facilities in our community who are waiting for certified therapy teams to visit with the residents.  And, schools are asking for our Canines for Literacy team to come help the children with their reading.  

We need you to help us.  If you are already fundraising, thank you!  If you have not started, there is still time. Just visit Walk for Those Who Can't and click the Register to Walk button or Donate to A Team or buy a raffle ticket or two, three or more. Every little bit helps and 91 cents of every dollar goes directly to our programs. 

Here are a few tips that our walkers are using to become fundraisers! Follow these and you can’t go wrong.
1- ASK. Asking for money is hard, but you will find that people want to support you and the cause that you believe in. People believe in dog helping people and they will want to help.
2- Ask Again. Participants who send follow-up emails to people who have not responded after the first ask are more successful fundraisers. Your friends are busy -- they WANT to be reminded about the opportunity to help!
3- Thank You! Log into your account to easily see who has made a gift toward your goal. Send a thank you note right away and even follow up after the event by sending a picture of you and your pet at the walk so that your supporters share in the day. 

Thank you to our sponsors making the 2012 Walk possible.  CBS 10 Wilm, Sunrise Broadcasting, Sunny 104.5, Z107.5, Jammin 99.9, 98.7 Coastal Carolina's Modern Rock, ESPN Radio, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Dog Living Magazine, StarNews Media, Queensboro Shirt Company, Unleashed - The Dog and Cat Store, Dock Street Printing, Indian Springs Water Co., Port City Java and PawPrints Magazine.  And to our doggie bandana sponsors A Country Veterinary, Chippewa Aerospace, Inc. , Dineen Animal Hospital, Galligan Chiropractic, North College Road Animal Hospital, Paw Beach Pet Resort, Pine Valley Animal Hospital, Therapy Works Of Wilmington.   Table Top Exhibitors: Dog Connection Inc., Kona-Ice Of Coastal Carolina LLC, Nature's Select Of Coastal Carolina, Inc., Norman's Books,  Pampered Chef - Jesse Watts, Paw Beach Pet Resort, Pet's Pal Inn, Splish Splash Dog Wash, Unleashed, The Dog And Cat Store, Wilmington Animal Healthcare, And Woof 4 Dog Gifts.

Looking forward to seeing you there!