Rebecca's Support Dog

$2,180 raised

TARGET $25,000

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About

My name is Rebecca Ballantyne, I am 20 years old and have autism. I also suffer from major depression and anxiety. Due to this I refuse to go out into public alone and struggle with social interaction.
Around two years ago, I learnt that support dogs can help in many ways including PTSD, epilepsy, with wheelchairs, autism and other things. Since then, I have started the task of gaining one; however this process is lengthy and expensive.
It begins with a year of weekly meetings with an educator and their dog, teaching me about the skills that the dog will be taught before meeting me and training me to be able to handle the dog and understand the abilities that the dog has. I am currently around the 12th month of this.
Once my future dog had been trained, which will take between 12-18 months, we meet. The meetings will increase to twice a day during handover, before decreasing back to once a week to ensure the dog's training is still strong and that the dog and I are bonding properly. The weekly meetings will continue for another year until both the dog and I are properly trained and able to go out into the world independently.
The hope after all of this is that I will be able to go out into public with only my dog beside me, gaining the confidence and independence to take on the challenges that life throws at me in a more productive way.
Since starting the training with the dog, I have already begun to go out more, even alone at times and have begun using public transport, now feeling fully comfortable with trains.
With all the fundraising I have done, including selling chocolates, candles, soaps etc. I have now raised $17,000. Around half way to my goal of $25,000.
I have now received my dog. Her name is Cookie and we're bonding

Fundraising For

Rebecca Ballantyne

The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs trains dogs and clients to work productively with each other for the best outcome. Dogs are able to support in a multitude of ways, such as: epilepsy, PTSD, autism. I am autistic.

Funds Banked To

Rebecca J Ballantyne


RB

Campaign Creator

Rebecca Ballantyne

Blackburn South VIC



Wed, 18 Aug 2021

Cathy Elkington

$100

Happy 21st Birthday

Wed, 28 Jul 2021

Lynette Green

$100

I do hope you receive your lovely dog soon.

Sun, 6 Jun 2021

Doreen Joyce Newman

$50

Hope and pray all goes well.

Thu, 3 Jun 2021

Kaye & Raymond Reeves

$150

Hi my friend.....a love gift from us to you

Mon, 24 May 2021

Peter Stark

$200

Hi bec happy to help

Fri, 21 May 2021

Ralph and Val Johnson

$300

With our Christian love and prayers

Fri, 21 May 2021

Robert McDonald

$200

Hope this helps. All the best. Bob and Valis McDonald

Thu, 20 May 2021

Judy

$50
Mon, 3 May 2021

Deborah Holmes

$50

A pet is such a wonderful support! Enjoy!

Sun, 18 Apr 2021

JAMES BALLANTYNE

$250

hope this helps you get the dog soon little cuz

SINCE  Sep 2020

20 

Donations

$2,180 raised

TARGET $25,000

Please support this cause

$
AUD

Fundraising For

Rebecca Ballantyne

The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs trains dogs and clients to work productively with each other for the best outcome. Dogs are able to support in a multitude of ways, such as: epilepsy, PTSD, autism. I am autistic.

Funds Banked To

Rebecca J Ballantyne

RB

Campaign Creator

Rebecca Ballantyne

Blackburn South VIC

SINCE  Sep 2020

20 

Donations