NATIONAL charity Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind have issued a thank you to its many volunteers in Limerick for helping to support the Shades campaign, which has raised more than €143k here.
The charity thanked all who purchased a Shades pin and supported the organisation in this way, and said that it expects more collections to come in over the summer.
This money will be used to directly fund its much needed services.
Supported by soccer legend, Roy Keane, Shades is an annual Irish Guide Dogs campaign that aims to raise awareness and income for its much needed range of services, which include guide dogs, assistance dogs for children with autism and a wide range of mobility and independent living skills services.
“Thank you for your support. We could not do our work without you,” said Sinead O’Keeffe, commercial manager with Irish Guide Dogs.
“By supporting Irish Guide Dogs you are truly making a positive difference in people’s lives,” she added.
It costs €38,000 to train a working guide or assistance dog over the course of its lifetime; however, all of the services offered by Irish Guide Dogs are given to clients free of charge.
Uniquely, the organisation is 80% funded through public and voluntary donations. This means that every Shades pin purchased is making a real and vital difference in the life of someone who is vision impaired or a child who has autism.
Limerick’s Lean Kennedy is one of the beneficiaries of the services provide by Irish Guide Dogs and believes the positive influence it has had on her life could not be over-estimated.