Autism assistance dog fundraiser - Lapland Husky Trail Sled

By Donal Hunt & Greg Furber Join Me

Getting there ...

so been a while since we have updated the blog. We have been busy with some events in the background, hosting a house gig and organising some others.
We're having a local coffee morning with some great raffle prizes on 16th Oct in our local community centre. And on 27th November the wonderful Mundy is coming to Cork to play a gig for us. Thanks as always for everyone's support. 

Some events

So we have some fundraising events happening in next few weeks. 
A lovely summer BBQ, including a raffle, will be held this weekend, Sunday 11th September in Jesters Pub, Midleton. 
In October we will be hosting a house gig featuring Mark Geary, Pete Courtney and Rebecca McDermott, and on 16th October there will be a coffee morning in our local community centre. Hope to see some of you there. 

33% there

Thank you to all our generous supporters so far. It is really appreciated. 
Everyone who sponsors before the 31st October will be entered into a draw for 2 tickets to Glen Hansard's sold out show in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 3rd December 2022 along with an overnight stay, including breakfast, in the lovely Ashling Hotel, near the Phoenix Park. 
We have some exciting events in the pipeline, and will share more when finalised. 

Why you might ask…

Thank you for supporting me on my AADI Sled Dog Expedition. I'm delighted to be taking part in this fundraiser to help raise vital funds for AADI. Let us tell you about our story…

In July 2021 the AADI reopened the waiting list and allocated 30 Autism Assistance Dogs to 30 families. We were one of the lucky ones and we have been able to secure a dog for our son.
He is an incredible 7 year old, who loves art, swimming, kayaking and more recently sailing. He is fun, happy and super smart. However, our kid is a flight risk, and lacks a sense of danger. 

The primary role of an assistance dog is to prevent a child from running into danger when they are outside the house.

For every family like ours who were successful in getting an assistance dog, there were 6 disappointed families, who were not so lucky. It costs €22,000 and takes 2 years to train and place an assistance dog. They do not charge families for these life changing dogs. The charity is entirely supported by fundraising and donations. Please donate what you can and support us and this wonderful charity.

Thank you! 🙏

The challenge itself

A once-in-a-lifetime experience and the ultimate test of your endurance. Donal will experience daily life in Lapland as he tends to a team of dogs and watch the Northern Lights (if he's lucky!). The expedition will cover approximately 270km as he journeys from Norway to Sweden passing through wild and untouched nature.
Your support will open up a whole new world of opportunity for an autistic child.

My Achievements

Thank you to my Sponsors

1.55k

Mundy Concert Collection

1.24k

Sinead Hunt

1.08k

Coffee Morning

1,000

Anonymous

825

St Patrick's National School Whitechurch

685

Church Gate Collection

600

Carrignavar Parents Association

515

Brian & 0dilon Hunt

Best of luck Donal. Delighted to support this worthy cause. Mum & Dad xx

350

Whitechurch Active Retirement Group And Celeste Foley

300

Michael Hunt

I did a whip round when we had live music at the pub last weekend :)

260

Sinéad

Proud of you x

250

Anon Anon

208

Deirdre Killeen

Best of luck!

208

Catherine Albieth

Best of luck with the trek, Donal !

200

Brendan O Sullivan

Best of luck.

156

Moira & Cormac

Best of luck!

140

House Gig

House gig donations. 💕

104

Julia Hansen-oneill

hup!

104

Declan Boylan

Best of luck with it donal!

104

David Hogan

Wonderful charity! Best of luck, Donal!👍

104

Trisch Cavaliere Tcae Studio

Love to all!

104

Claire Leadbitter

104

Anonymous

104

Maya Auquilla

Good luck Donal!

104

Rebecca Naughton

Onward into the great wilds!!

104

Eleanor And Tim O' Shea

Hi Donal Your sons are lucky to have you and Sinead as parents. Well done on all your hard work so far and the very best wish to you on this quest!! From fellow Blarney-heads

104

Liam&hilary Buckley

Best of luck, fantastic charity.

100

Brian Bird

100

Anonymous

100

Niall

Karma is a great thing. It is great to see you so eager to support those who have supported you.

100

Blathnaid O´connell

Best of luck Donal!

55

John O'connell

Good luck Donal

52

Anonymous

52

Mike Lewis

52

Nuala Macgrath

52

Jay Patel

Best of luck!

52

Aisling Carroll

Best of luck Donal and sinead lots of love aisling and Andrew x

52

Maureen And Johnny

Best of luck Donal!

52

Sean Mulcahy

Best of luck Donal

52

Glennon Family

Go Donal!!

52

Aoife O Sullivan Iskc

Fair play Donal!

52

Anonymous

52

Bláthnaid O'loughlin

Best of luck Donal! Exciting challenge for a great cause

52

Gary And Catriona

Best of luck Donal in your journey. Safe travels.

52

Caoimhe Tuohy

Best of luck Donal & Sinead! Anything to get a few more Quests into the world ❤️

52

Sheila Mac Nally

50

Fr Michael Fitzgerald

50

Sinéad O'neill

Good luck on your trek Donal - Sinéad Olivia and Jack

50

Anonymous

50

Catherine & Pat Cronin

Best of luck Donal

50

Maria Aherne

50

House Gig

House gig donations

50

Esther Maheswaran

Fair play Donal.

41.60

Hannah Blackburne

36.40

Malu

You're a ledge Donal!

31.20

Rebecca Mcredmond

Wishing you all the best Donal, Quest & co ❤️🐾

26

Mars O'reilly

26

Lisa Jean Helps

Donal - so pleased to support you in something so important to you, Sinead and your whole family. These dogs change lives! ❤️

26

Simon L. B. Nielsen

26

Dan Mcgrath

26

Susan Holmgren

Best of luck, Donal! Happy to help support such a worthy cause. Your Ingress team will be cheering you on :)

26

Lisa O’sullivan

G’wan the Donal ! Best of luck on your adventure

26

Ivi Rebova

Go Donal!

26

Lori Snyder

Will be cheering you on! Great cause and thanks for helping others.

26

Anne Church

What a worthy cause Dónal and obviously a very personal charity to you and your family. Good for you on taking on this challenge, you are inspirational!! Best of luck and safe journey. If you see Santa, please tell him that we said hi!! 🎅 😉

26

Michelle Maher

Best of luck with a great cause

26

Michelle Barnett

Best of luck Donal. Delighted to donate to such a worthy cause, which has had such a positive impact on your family. P.s. I'm happy to doggy sit Quest anytime!!

26

Grainne Leslie

Great cause Donal, the best of luck with it!

26

Mona Buckley

26

Robert Buckley

Best of luck Donal. You are doing a wonderful thing.

26

Amanda Eustace

Fair play Donal. Good luck with it!

26

Elizabeth Reetz

What an amazing organization and incredible adventure to Lapland!

26

Kirk Gilmore

26

Anne._._.s

Big respect for your cause! Good luck, I truly hope you will raise enough funds to help more families. Am happy your family received an assistance dog and hope it will make life even better for your son and your family. And what an adventure, seeing Lapland! Hope to see some pictures on your feed ;-).

26

Gina Vd

Good Luck! Love Gina xx

26

Tori

26

Ciara Bates Sweeney

A fascinating challenge for a really great cause. Well done!

26

Roots Kitchen

26

Trish Murphy

Fair play Donal 👏👏👏

26

Dave Buckley

Good luck on the expedition!

26

Decplay Piano

26

Cole Jennifer

26

Emmet

26

Breda O' Brien

26

Ana Fernandez Lamothe

go Donal!! what a great thing to do. 👏🏽🙌🏽❤️

26

Kate Murray

Best of luck Donal! ⭐️

26

Sheila O'connell

Best of luck!

26

Louise Walsh

Best of luck Donal :-)

26

Grace O’meara

Best of luck with Sat night 🎶🎼🎵🎹🎤🐾🦮❤️

26

Donna Mullen

26

Caroline Hayes

26

Gráinne O’sullivan

Best of luck 🐶

26

Liz Gleeson

Best wishes guys, looking forward to hearing all about it and meeting Quest x

25

Sarah Matthews

Good luck Donal

25

Rebecca Fitzsimmons

In quest of more Quests

25

Becki

Great work Donal! Happy to support!

25

Claire Waterman

25

Annie Trueman

Great Cause! Good Luck!

25

Ann Creedon

20.80

Kez, Rob & Scarlett

Good luck Donal!! Such a wonderful cause, all the best with the challenge!

20.80

Hilda Buckley

Best of luck Donal

20.80

Debbie, Ella And Dylan

Great cause Donal, all the very best with the trek x

20.80

Jackie Lynam

Best of luck!

20.80

Jens Uhl

good luck Dinal

20.80

Anonymous

20.80

Aislinn Dundon

20.80

Tony Coughlan

20.80

Philip O'sullivan

A great cause! Best of luck and safe travels

20

Claire Barry

20

Elaine Lawton

20

Chulia

15.60

Des H

15.60

Maur

10.40

Kenneth Barry

Best of luck Donal

10.40

Anonymous

10.40

Jennifer O’riordan

Best of luck on the trek Donal 😀.

10.40

Michelle Ruby

10.40

Wendy

Lots of Luck! What an adventure!

10.40

Peter Mayer

A great thing! Greetings from northern Sweden.

10.40

Anonymous

10.40

Anonymous

10.40

Marie Tracy

10.40

Karen Mccormack

Best of luck Donal!! Love Kaz and Rumi

10.40

Astrid Hempelmann

10

Tracey O'connor

10

Rohan Kavanagh

Best of luck Donal.

10

Jackie

10

Paula O'leary

10

Richie Dunne

10

Angela N

10

Cillian Oconnell

10

Brian O'sullivan

10

Jennifer Doherty

7.28

Sandy Spielberger

Sorry I couldn‘t donate more at the moment.

5.20

Anna Martin

5.20

Judy

5.20

Isaac

1.04

Masab Rana