Event Details

  • Location
  • Race Type Virtual
  • Date 31-07-2020
  • Time 10:00
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My Canine Companion invites you to participate in our virtual tour of Ireland while raising funds to change the lives of children with autism.

 

Together we plan to walk/run 2,797 km around the virtual coast of Ireland, while staying apart.

 

The funding from this event will enable us change the lives of children, and young adults, living with Autism. We are asking each participant to commit to fundraising while they complete their pledged distance.

 

Lets do this together!

 

Will you help us to fundraise to change a child’s life?

 

To set up your facebook fundraising page, click this link: www.facebook.com/fund/mycaninecompanion

 

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To set up your idonate page, click this link: https://www.idonate.ie/315_my-canine-companion–autism-service-dogs-.html

 

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We can alternatively send you out sponsorship cards. Please contact us on info@mycaninecompanion.ie to organise this

 

We also have a fun Facebook group for the event, to join click this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/275379610539753/

 

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How to get involved:

  • Register and Pledge your distance from 5 km to 500km to be completed within 30 days of your registration.
  • €20 registration cost which includes cost of your fantastic commemorative medal
  • Get walking /running alone or in a group/club.
  • Please use information provided to you after registration to fundraise what you can for the cause
  • You can use any device or none (we trust you) to record your distance – running watch, fitbit etc. We would be delighted if you wish to share a screenshot of your completed distance on the facebook group. Link provided after registration. You can also just post to tell us you have completed your pledged distance.
  • Registration closes July 31st

 

My Canine Companion is a national charity who are internationally accredited to provide assistance dogs to children and young adults with autism.

Covid 19 has made it  an especially difficult time for our client families.

 

Many autistic people rely heavily on routine, and the pandemic has turned their lives upside down.

We are working particularly hard to support them at this time.

 

Due to Covid 19 our traditional community-based fundraising events have been cancelled, and as we do not receive government funding our resources have reduced dramatically.

 

Please see below a message from Rileys mam Nicole

 

 

Please help us to change a child’s life!

 

Meet Riley and Willow

Riley Duggan, from Cork, Ireland, is 6 years old. He has a diagnosis of Autism and a severe speech sound disorder. Diagnosed at 2 years old, it was clear from a very young age, that Riley had huge struggles with social outings, crowds, and coping with the outside world, as well as being a huge flight risk. His mom knew she had to do something to help her little boy to be able to take part in everyday activities. This was when they turned to My Canine Companion.

 

“When Riley was diagnosed with Autism, I knew I was going to need help to be able to do everyday things with him. He has huge sensory difficulties, with things like sounds, smells and bright lights causing sensory overloads, that make outings so difficult for him.  He was getting bigger and stronger, and it was becoming harder to bring him out and about, so we had to turn to a special needs buggy to ensure he was safe. I knew this wasn’t a long-term solution, and this is when we applied to My Canine Companion. In 2017 Riley was matched with his Autism Service puppy in training, Willow, a 12 week old Irish Doodle puppy, and it was love at first sight for the two of them.

 

We followed My Canine Companion’s puppy programme, and Willow and Riley grew together. All through Willow’s training, Riley was still in a buggy, getting bigger and stronger, but we had one goal in mind, and that was attachment.. She very quickly became his best friend. She can calm him in a way I can’t. She is the first thing he goes to in the morning, the last thing he kisses goodnight, and on the bad days she is right there next to him for a nudge of support, to make it all better.

In December,2018, after a lot of hard work, and support from the team in My Canine Companion, Willow graduated as a qualified Autism Service dog and this was the day my little boy’s life changed forever. In January 2019 Riley and Willow were attached, and under the watchful eye of My Canine Companion trainer Orla, Riley’s world opened up. In that moment, Willow and everyone at My Canine Companion, gave my little boy something I, as a mom, could not give him. They gave him back his independence.

 

He now walks proudly next to me holding Willow’s handle, the belt around his waist is attached to her jacket to anchor him, and together we could do anything. Since that day, Riley has not sat in his buggy. What My Canine Companion have done for my little boy, and our family, is something we can never repay. Willow came into our lives and she has changed everything. I can now take Riley out without the fear of him bolting. I know he is safe, and we cannot wait to see what adventures are to come.

 

We will be forever grateful to My Canine Companion for changing Riley’s life”

 

Help us change the lives of more special children like Riley.

 

 

Attached are our relevant policies:

http://www.mycaninecompanion.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MCC-Fundraising.pdf

http://www.mycaninecompanion.ie/governance/privacy-policy/

For any queries, please contact us at info@mycaninecompanion.ie

 

Meet Riley and Willow

 

Riley Duggan, from Cork, Ireland, is 6 years old. He has a diagnosis of Autism and a severe speech sound disorder. Diagnosed at 2 years old, it was clear from a very young age, that Riley had huge struggles with social outings, crowds, and coping with the outside world, as well as being a huge flight risk. His mom knew she had to do something to help her little boy to be able to take part in everyday activities. This was when they turned to My Canine Companion.

“When Riley was diagnosed with Autism, I knew I was going to need help to be able to do everyday things with him. He has huge sensory difficulties, with things like sounds, smells and bright lights causing sensory overloads, that make outings so difficult for him.  He was getting bigger and stronger, and it was becoming harder to bring him out and about, so we had to turn to a special needs buggy to ensure he was safe. I knew this wasn’t a long-term solution, and this is when we applied to My Canine Companion. In 2017 Riley was matched with his Autism Service puppy in training, Willow, a 12 week old Irish Doodle puppy, and it was love at first sight for the two of them.

We followed My Canine Companion’s puppy programme, and Willow and Riley grew together. All through Willow’s training, Riley was still in a buggy, getting bigger and stronger, but we had one goal in mind, and that was attachment.. She very quickly became his best friend. She can calm him in a way I can’t. She is the first thing he goes to in the morning, the last thing he kisses goodnight, and on the bad days she is right there next to him for a nudge of support, to make it all better.

In December,2018, after a lot of hard work, and support form the team in My Canine Companion, Willow graduated as a qualified Autism Service dog and this was the day my little boy’s life changed forever. In January 2019 Riley and Willow were attached, and under the watchful eye of My Canine Companion trainer Orla, Riley’s world opened up. In that moment, Willow and everyone at My Canine Companion, gave my little boy something I, as a mom, could not give him. They gave him back his independence.

He now walks proudly next to me holding Willow’s handle, the belt around his waist is attached to her jacket to anchor him, and together we could do anything. Since that day, Riley has not sat in his buggy. What My Canine Companion have done for my little boy, and our family, is something we can never repay. Willow came into our lives and she has changed everything. I can now take Riley out without the fear of him bolting. I know he is safe, and we cannot wait to see what adventures are to come.

We will be forever grateful to My Canine Companion for changing Riley’s life”

Again, Thank you for taking part in the My Canine Companion Virtual Tour of Ireland. Thank you for helping us to change lives, while staying apart.

“For further information about the charity, and the work that they do please go to

www.mycaninecompanion.ie

Your email will go to the Pop Up Races team. If we can not assist, we will pass you onto My Canine Companion