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Volunteers wanted for guide dog appeal

Two assistance puppies. Supplied image.

Tauranga’s Luci Carter knows first-hand how vital the collection is for the future of guide dogs.

She’s raised 15 guide dog puppies in her 21 years as a volunteer puppy raiser.

“I got involved with Red Puppy Appeal because of the dogs and also because I just wanted to be useful and it’s such a good cause.

“Each dog plays such an important role in people’s lives and that’s reflected in the hard work that goes into making sure the dogs are up to it.”

Luci will be collecting in Tauranga during the appeal and she is encouraging others to join her.

“It’s a great way to get out of the house to do something a bit different.”

Blind Low Vision NZ is looking for volunteers to help collect money for their Red Puppy Appeal.

Blind Low Vision NZ’s, formerly Blind Foundation, street collection goal is $300,000 this year and they need 2000 volunteer collectors to join the pack on Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27.

The collection will raise funds to train and care for a new generation of much needed guide dogs.

Every day, an average of six people turn to Blind Low Vision NZ for support with their sight loss. Guide dogs help people who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision retain their independence and move through life safely and confidently.

Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs breeds and trains about 100 puppies each year. It takes nearly two years, and more than $50,000 to raise and train just one guide dog.

Blind Low Vision NZ also run the country’s only guide dog breeding and training facility that is 100 per cent funded through the generosity and support of Kiwis.

“As Blind Low Vision NZ Guide Dogs is not government funded we are extremely grateful to everyone who supports our Red Puppy Appeal,” says Blind Low Vision NZ Chief Executive John Mulka.

“Guide dogs play a life-changing role for people who are blind, deafblind or have low vision, and I want to also acknowledge all the volunteers who help us train guide dogs for people who really need them.”

Guide dogs perform an essential role in the life of a blind, deafblind or low vision person. Tasked with making what could potentially be life or death decisions on behalf of their person, guide dogs have to learn incredibly challenging and sophisticated skills.

To register go online at redpuppy.org.nz or call 0800 787 743 (0800 PUPPIES).

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