Hello, my name is Nina and I have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Associated with this, I have severe anxiety. ASD and anxiety together impair my social and emotional abilities to the point that I isolate myself; I cannot leave the house without being accompanied by another person. When out in public, I am constantly fearful of everyone, I cannot even drive my car or buy something from the supermarket without fear and nervousness taking over and controlling my mind and body.
I am 18 years old and spend most of my life in my bedroom – it is the only place where I feel completely safe.
I do not want this anxiety within me to forever prevent me from leaving the boundaries of my house; to forever have control over my actions. I have recently met someone very special who can help decrease the level of anxiety I feel and encourage me to go out in public with an increase in confidence.
His name is Claude, he is a Golden Retriever dog who has been trained by the Australian Companion and Assistance Dogs (ACAD). Claude is going to be my companion at all times and help me to become independent. He will accompany me to public places and when I become anxious, he will be able to recognise this and distract me and comfort me.
I am trying to raise $12,000 to pay for Claude and further money for the upkeep of him and his training. Your support will be much appreciated. Claude will change my life and I look forward to exploring a whole new world with him.
Thank you for your time in reading this, Nina
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Noosa Triathlon 2017 Fundraiser
Hello, I am Micheala, Nina’s mum. My husband Justin and I are going to enter the Noosa Triathlon 2017 as a team to help fundraise for Claude. I am going to swim 1500m and cycle 40km and Justin is doing the 10km run. We think we are crazy as we have never done anything like this before, but training has started! We have entered so there is no going back. If you would like to support us in our journey to raise funds for Claude then please donate to this page and encourage us in our difficult and crazy training to support Nina and Claude.
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