Scotch Oakburn student Jonathan Clark attempting Triple Top Mountain Run to fundraise for Guide Dogs Tasmania

PUPPY LOVE: Year 8 student Jonathan Clark with Guide Dog Ambassador Dexter at Scotch Oakburn Middle School. Jonathan aims to raise $35,000 for Guide Dogs Tasmania. Picture: Jasper da Seymour.
PUPPY LOVE: Year 8 student Jonathan Clark with Guide Dog Ambassador Dexter at Scotch Oakburn Middle School. Jonathan aims to raise $35,000 for Guide Dogs Tasmania. Picture: Jasper da Seymour.

On Sunday November 12, 14-year-old Scotch Oakburn College student Jonathan Clarke and his father will take on the gruelling Lions Club of Kentish’s Triple Top Mountain Run to raise $35,000 for Guide Dogs Tasmania.

The run is very physically demanding, and covers 19.7km across Mt Claude, Mt Van Dyke, and Mt Roland near Sheffield.

“I’m feeling confident and happy about the run,” Jonathan said. 

Jonathan said he wants to fundraise for Guide Dogs Tasmania because it is a cause close to his heart; Jonathan cannot see through his right eye.

“I really want to help blind people walk, and hopefully get a Guide Dog of my own one day,” he said.

Jonathan is taking on this challenge as past of his Inspire Year 8 project, where students are able to explore their own inspirations and passions.

Jonathan’s father Paul Clarke said he is amazed by his son’s actions.

“I never expected any of the things he’s been achieving. He continues to amaze me, it's incredible,” he said, “He’s growing into a young man. I’m so glad of his achievements.”

“It would be great if we could get more people to support an organisation like the Guide Dogs, who are bringing so much good into people’s lives,” Mr Clarke said.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Guide Dogs Tasmania Kate Grady said she is blown away by what Jonathan is achieving.

“It’s so inspiring. The fact that he’s set himself this huge challenge to raise funds for us is incredible. When this happens, we’re so humbled. It really means the world to us,” Ms Grady said.

When this happens, we’re so humbled. It really means the world to us.

Kate Grady, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Guide Dogs Tasmania

There are many things that people can do to help, she said.

“The first thing that people can do is support Jono’s Everyday Hero page. Following on from that, they might like to donate directly to us at https://guidedogstas.com.au.

“If you have a fundraising idea, contact us. It’s such a noble purpose, and we’re always pleased to hear from people who want to support us,” Ms Grady said.

To support Jonathan and to help him reach his fundraising goal, head on to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/jonathan-32 to donate.