¤2,500 raised for guide dogs
CHARITY WALK FUNDS WELCOMED AS DOG TRAINING COSTS REACH ¤35,000
A CHARITY WALK that started in Arklow on Saturday morning came to its conclusion at the Royal Hotel on Sunday afternoon when David Earls and his triumphant team were met by some guide dogs in training and other supporters of the cause.
David has been holding walks every year for three years to raise money for Irish Guide Dogs for the blind. ‘A few years ago I got talking to some people who use guide dogs,’ he said. ‘I rang up and had a meeting with Melanie Cunningham in the Royal Hotel and we took it from there.
Between David and his friends Jack Meaney, Willie Hamilton, Joe Earls, Jacky Brown and Denis Lambert, they raised an estimated ¤2,500, possibly more.
They walked from Arklow to Wicklow on Saturday, collecting money on the way. They were met at Wicklow’s Grand Hotel on Sunday morning by the Wicklow Pipe Band as well as two guide dogs who sent them off on the second leg of the walk. There were more puppies and their trainers waiting at the Royal after they completed the walk.
David said that by the time a dog is fully trained and handed over to its new owner, the training has cost in the region of ¤35,000. The association also continues to foot the bill for the dog’s care over the years of its career.
Opal, David Earls, Joe Earls, Orla and Emer Curtin with Megan, Melanie Cunningham (Irish Guide Dogs Association) with Connie, Luna with Saoirse Reynolds and Major with Kate O’Rourke after David completed his sponsored walk.