On May 29th, Ernfold/Morse residents are doing their part to help change the lives of Canadians with disabilities by participating in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. The Walk will take place at Morse Museum with registration opening at noon and the Walk starting at 1 p.m.
As the largest fundraiser of its kind in Canada, the Walk helps provide funding to ensure Canadians with disabilities are able to receive a Dog Guide at no cost. Each Dog Guide is specially trained to meet their handler’s needs and also provide them with increased safety, mobility, and independence.
“To date more than 1600 Dog Guides have been placed with people from across the country and the difference they have made in their handler’s lives is astounding. The donations raised from the Walk help ensure that more Canadians will be able to receive the assistance of a Dog Guide for years to come,” says Sandy Turney, Executive Director.
The Walk is unique in that it provides participants and donors the opportunity to see who benefits from their efforts. With Dog Guides being placed with Canadians from coast-to-coast many graduates live in communities that are hosting a Walk and attend the event annually.
One hundred per cent of the funds raised from the event go directly towards the five Dog Guide training programs at Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.
This year there are some great new contests and prizes for Walk participants, including rail travel, hotel stays, and travel point vouchers. If you would like to register, find a Walk near you, or simply donate visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Each Dog Guide costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train. Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides does not receive any government funding yet all Dog Guides are provided at no cost. The Lions Foundation of Canada trains five types of Dog Guides - Canine Vision Dog Guides, providing assistance to people who are blind or visually impaired; Hearing Ear Dog Guides, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; Special Skills Dog Guides, providing assistance to Canadians with physical disabilities; Seizure Response Dog Guides, helping Canadians with epilepsy; and Autism Assistance Dog Guides, helping children with autism. These Dog Guides have the ability to make a difference in the lives of Canadians with disabilities.