Put your feet forward to support the thousands of Canadians who need canine helpers
THEY GUIDE THE BLIND AND DEAF, help people in wheelchairs open drawers and doors, calm autistic children, alert diabetics to drops in blood sugar, respond to seizures in their owners – and take eight months and $25,000 to train. These caring labradors and poodles are bred in Breslau, Ontario and trained at the Lions Foundation of Canada facility in Oakville. More than 2,000 dogs have been given away by the organization since 1975.
Last year there were 240 walks across the country that raised $1.3 million. This year, the Lions Club of Colborne is holding two walks on May 27, one in Northumberland Forest, off Beagle Club Road, at 9am and the other departing from the Keeler Centre in Colborne and walking in the town.
“A diabetic child in Colborne has guide dog and now the parents can finally sleep,” says Kim Carr of the Colborne and District Lions Club. She says they’ve raised $6,800 so far this year, with a goal of $25,000 to support the training of one dog.
Anyone can participate in the walks and you can bring your dog! The routes are accessible, too. Register on walkfordogguides. com (go to locations and click Colborne), make a pledge and gather more. Donations of $20 or more get a tax receipt. Contact Kim Carr for more information: 613-475-5816.