Bertie and his dog Hopper are raising money for Guide Dogs Australia

MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Bertie Noonan and his dog Hopper are taking part in this year's Guide Dogs Australia Pawgust campaign.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND: Bertie Noonan and his dog Hopper are taking part in this year's Guide Dogs Australia Pawgust campaign.

Bordertown's Bertie Noonan and his dog Hopper are participating in this year's Guide Dogs Australia Pawgust campaign.

Throughout the month of August, owners are challenged to walk their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days, roughly two kilometres, to raise money and awareness of the wonderful work that Guide Dogs Australia do.

For Bertie and his family, Guide Dogs Australia is an organisation that have helped them through a difficult period in their life.

"Last year, Bertie's dad, Coenraad, was rushed to the RAH after he was found to have an enormous brain tumour. Thankfully the tumour was removed and he has recovered remarkably well," Bertie's mother Tracy said.

"When Coenraad was discharged, he was referred to Guide Dogs Australia for rehabilitation and support."

After experiencing the terrifying event, Bertie has got on the front foot to raise money to go towards the purchase of a Guide Dog harness.

"As you can imagine Guide Dogs Australia is very special to our family and Bertie is very passionate about raising at least $290 which will cover the cost of a Guide dog harness," Tracy said.

Showing maturity well beyond his years, Bertie said he's "passionate about helping Guide Dog puppies in training and supporting people in our community living with disability".

The family hopes the local and wider community will get behind Bertie's campaign and potentially improve the quality of life people across Australia.

"With your support we can change people's lives by helping current Guide Dog puppies in training. Plus, it will also inspire me and my dog Hopper to complete my 30 minutes each day," Bertie said.

People can contribute to Bertie's fundraiser by going to www.pawgust.com.au/fundraisers/bertienoonanfor online donations.

Alternatively, they can contact Bertie's mum Tracy on 0472 908 554 for cash donations. Donations $2 and above are tax deductable.

Bertie is truly grateful for any "supPAWt". Further information and updates on Bertie and Hopper's progress is available via the fundraising page.