View Full Version : First dogs ready to scan! Help kick off our first donation drive

22nd February 2010, 11:15 PM
Rupert's fund is off to a great start! :mexwav:

I am very pleased to announce that thanks to an initial flurry of donations, we already have been able to fund the MRI scans of two older dogs that researchers have identified as particularly valuable to this stage of the genome research. :D

This is an exciting achievement. Thanks so much to each one of you who pledged those first donations, and here's to many more scans enabled by Rupert's Fund!

As the word gradually gets out about the need for older dogs, others are coming forward with possible candidates as well. A low-cost scanning day is being arranged for late March, so if we can raise more funds, more dogs could be done on the day at these competitive prices. Getting the dogs done on a low-cost day enables your donations to go much further. Let's aim to get a couple of more added on the day.

So: please consider any size donation from 10 pounds up, or get to work on whatever fundraising project you might have in mind -- selling some things on eBay, a small event, anything at all. Small donations quickly add up and enable us to fund another dog, so please don't feel you need to make a large donation to be a part of this CavalierTalk fundraising effort. :)

I have pinned information on making donations (http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/showthread.php?33847-Small-donations-make-for-big-achievements%21-How-to-donate) to the top of the forum -- no matter where you are in the world you can make a donation to Rupert's Fund.

The researchers will keep a running total of donations and we will report back on what we are raising and what is being done with those funds.

More information on Rupert's Fund is posted here (http://www.cavaliertalk.com/forums/showthread.php?33750-Welcome-to-the-Rupert-s-Fund-forum%21).


Kate H
23rd February 2010, 09:59 AM
Hi Karlin

Will Oliver's scan be any use - he has a small syrinx but very few symptoms (and those are due more to his CM than his SM, I think). I'm hoping to get him scanned again this year (finances permitting!) just to see what's happening - he's 9 in june, and I could send his results to whoever could use them. Or would we be eligible for the Rupert session in March?

Kate, Oliver and Aled

Brian M
23rd February 2010, 10:02 AM
Hello Karlin and Nicki

Donation to your fund on the way

Best Wishes

Poppy ,Daisy ,Rosie and Lily:)

23rd February 2010, 10:10 AM
Donation sent via paypal.
Delighted to contribute in memory of Rupert.
Very best of luck to the owners who volunteer their dogs.

23rd February 2010, 10:46 AM
Thank you so much everyone.

Kate, I'll have a word with Karlin, that is so good of you to offer to rescan Oliver.

23rd February 2010, 11:27 AM
Thanks, all! :)

Kate: the best thing would be to email Penny and give some background and pedigree info for Oliver. All scans are useful but some are a higher priority than others given the needs of the researchers, so the decision is up to them. We can part-fund some scans too if owners can cover some of the cost. But I don't have anything to do with selecting dogs and deciding which to help fund so can't give an answer either way -- but I know Penny would welcome further information :).

23rd February 2010, 04:42 PM
I'd also like to see if either of my old ladies would be useful to the researchers too. Could you let us have Penny's email address, Karlin - or PM me with it if it's not possible to put it up in the public domain?

Many thanks, Marie-Anne

23rd February 2010, 04:45 PM
For some reason my first name is being treated to the *~@!!?~* treatment!

I remain, as ever , Marie-Anne!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23rd February 2010, 06:04 PM
Well that's a bit odd :eek::confused:

Will highlight it to Karlin...

I'll pm you the e-mail addresses :D

23rd February 2010, 06:42 PM
Thanks, Nicki - I think I've still got my little problem!

23rd February 2010, 10:35 PM
Sorted! :lol: My fault for fiddling with settings. :sl*p: But you have your identity back! Yes do email Penny -- the more options the better!

Margaret C
23rd February 2010, 11:14 PM
My donation has been sent by PayPal.
Isn't it wonderful how you can spend money without moving from your computer:cffee:

24th February 2010, 10:02 AM
Thanks Margaret :flwr::flwr:

Somewhat too easy to spend money on the computer sadly LOL but not when it's in a good cause like this :D

24th February 2010, 10:12 AM
Have just sent off donation by cheque.


24th February 2010, 12:05 PM
This is really exciting -- we are now beginning to build up towards getting a third dog in for March so let's keep going! Little donations very welcome, big donations very welcome, and everything in between. :rah:

Cathy Moon
25th February 2010, 11:57 PM
Have just sent my small donation by PayPal. Hoping to continue with monthly donations.

It sure feels good to do this for our breed. :)

26th February 2010, 02:00 PM
Donation sent, its really very easy with Pay Pal. Painless in fact!

26th February 2010, 06:40 PM
We are getting close to having enough to add a third dog now -- :jmp:

26th February 2010, 09:24 PM

26th February 2010, 09:54 PM
Sent small payment (7.00 was all I had in it) through paypal, will send more regularly :)
Just learning about paypal myself, and I clicked "gift", is this the best to do?

26th February 2010, 10:26 PM
That's great! You can mark it as whatever you like. :) If you don't remember to put in a note that it is for 'Rupert's Fund.' on the PayPal page when you send the money, be sure to drop Penny an email at the same address just so she knows. She is doing a running total.

We are now over 500 POUNDS!!! :jmp:

That puts us close to scanning THREE dogs and starting to fundraise towards FOUR. :thnku:

Let's work to double that cash amount!

Margaret C
26th February 2010, 11:29 PM

We are now over 500 POUNDS!!! :jmp:

That puts us close to scanning THREE dogs and starting to fundraise towards FOUR. :thnku:

Let's work to double that cash amount!


Cavalier Pet Owners have always been so generous when it comes to raising money for the health of our dogs.

Cathy Moon
27th February 2010, 01:22 AM
We are now over 500 POUNDS!!! :jmp:

That puts us close to scanning THREE dogs and starting to fundraise towards FOUR. :thnku:

Let's work to double that cash amount!

Wow, this is fantastic! I'm looking for ways to scrimp up a second donation - this is very motivating to read these results. :D

27th February 2010, 05:06 PM
I'm wondering if it's possible to set up a standing order - hmm maybe something we need to look into.

If people are prepared to commit to pay a small amount on a regular basis - even if it's a few pounds - that would be fantastic. Maybe we can forgo a treat like a cake or sweeties or even chocolate!! and send the money instead {would help the dieters amongst us too!!}

Small amounts soon add up

1st March 2010, 02:28 PM
Love the idea of regular monthly payments - always helps to spread things out a bit! Looking forward to reading if this will be possible. Meanwhile will send a one-off to help get to 4 dogs.:dogwlk:

1st March 2010, 05:44 PM
Oh sure -- people can paypal whenever they like, or send a small cheque etc. As a once off, or now and then, or regularly.

This is a project that has a lifetime of probably this year only, as this is the ultra-important tail-end scanning for the detail work of the genome project. I know researchers believe this will be completed by the end of the year.

The first big date for us is a scan day on March 25th. If we can do dogs on this day we can save money by getting them in on a low cost group day. If we can reach 10, the discount works out to one dog scanned for free plus a bit more.

So anything that can be done to raise funds or contribute -- no matter how small! -- before that date, the more dogs we can get in! cl*p