Your Stories

Jack did the odd bit of running to stay fit, and wanted to take on a new challenge – a full marathon. He trained hard for the 2019 ASB Auckland Marathon and raised over $950 for Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs! Before the race, after training countless kilometres Jack said “never again”, but when we asked him again at the finish line he thinks the ‘runner’s high’ must have hit because he was already planning his next marathon!

Greer put on a bake sale at work for her colleagues. A couple of workmates helped her bake the delicious treats, and she sent emails around to the rest of the team to tell them about the bake sale and about the difference Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs make for people with vision loss. Greer’s colleagues must have been hungry because she raised over $280!

The amazing students in Ingham House at Howick College put on an International Food Day for their peers. The students got into groups and made food from their own or another culture. They then held a huge market day to sell their treats. Ingham House raised a whopping $3,700 with their International Food Day! We were even lucky enough to sample some of the delicacies…

Milo raised an incredible $1,650 by asking his family and friends to support him running his first full marathon! "The easiest part for me was believing in the cause and knowing that every time I asked for a donation I knew it was for a great reason. The hardest part was getting out of my comfort zone and asking for those donations!”

Jo from Hamilton (on the right) sizzled sausages at her local Mitre10 store to raise money for Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs. A special visitor even happened to pop in-store during one of her barbecues! Jo raised an awesome $500 to support people with vision loss. Thanks Jo!

Diane from the Waikato took on a half marathon and raised an incredible $1,900: “I am lucky that my partner’s and my colleagues love my baking, so I sold my peanut brownies, chocolate chip biscuits, and smoked fish pies. I also baked for any meetings in exchange for a donation. I think the hardest part is asking people to donate, but once they know what it’s for they’re more than happy to pay. Enjoy the race day atmosphere, it’s magic – remember everyone is a winner just by fundraising and being there!”

Lucy got creative and put on a morning yoga class. Her local yoga clothing store hosted the event and provided an instructor, and she even had a chef come and make acai bowls for brekkie afterwards. Lucy sold tickets to her friends, family, and colleagues and raised $600 from this event alone! Lucy also fundraised online raising an incredible total of $1,783 for her first marathon!

MacKenzie and Hannah put on a quiz night to raise money for Blind Low Vision NZ. A local bar donated the venue, and they approached local businesses for raffle and silent auction prizes. They sold tickets to their colleagues and friends and raised over $800 on the night! They also set up an online fundraising page so that those who couldn’t come could still support the cause.

We’d love to feature your story on this page! Get in touch with your photos and a bit about what you did to challenge yourself and raise money for Blind Low Vision NZ. We can’t wait to hear from you!