Monday, November 2, 2009

Photos from The Launch at the Parkway Shopping Centre for Guide Dogs for the Blind 2010 Calendar in Limerick

The Parkway Shopping Centre was the location for the launch today of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Calendar 2010. The Calender would make a perfect Christmas Gift

Volunteers for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be selling the charity’s stunning 2010 Calendar and Christmas Cards in Limerick’s Parkway, Crescent and Jetland Shopping Centres during November.

The charity invites Limerick residents to support their Christmas fundraising drive. Their 2010 calendar features stylish photographs of their guide and assistance dogs in training while their cards feature some of their puppies and is the perfect Christmas Stocking Filler.

Volunteers will be selling these items on the following dates:
Parkway Shopping Centre :
14 & 28 November, 4 & 5 December.
Crescent Shopping Centre :
12 – 14 November.
Jetland Shopping Centre :
19 & 20 November.

Volunteers wishing to support the charity’s Christmas activities are welcome to contact
Breeda Clancy on 086 819 3165.

Alternatively, to view or purchase the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Calendar and Christmas Cards, log onto
In the Photo are - Roger Beck with Gypsy, Stephen O'Neill with Totti, Little Lauren Tuohy, Breeda Clancy (Back), Tracy Keays With Gav and Josephine Treacy with Vonda

Some More Information About the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Was -
• Co- founded in 1976 by the late Mrs Mary Dunlop and current President, Mr Jim Dennehy.
• National Headquarters and Training Centre in Model Farm Road, Cork with offices in Tuam and Dublin.
• Services are provided free of charge across the country and include the following:
1. Guide Dogs Programme (for blind and vision impaired persons)
2. Assistance Dogs Programme (for families of children with autism)
3. Child Mobility Programme
4. Orientation and Mobility Training (long cane training)
5. Independent Living Skills Training (home Skills, gardening, travel and leisure)
• In 2005, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind was the first organisation in Europe to introduce an Assistance Dog programme for families of children with Autism
• The organisation relies almost exclusively on voluntary activity and donations for the bulk of its income
• Today, 15% of its annual income comes from statutory agencies with the remainder from fundraising activities and donation
• Currently, there are 171 working guide dogs in Ireland.
• In 2008, work commenced on the €4,5 million redevelopment of the Headquarters in Model Farm Road and Training Centre aimed at increasing the organisation’s capacity to provide services to an increased number of clients. The project concludes in October 2009.

View the photos above online for download [ Here ]