¤2,500 raised for guide dogs

CHAR­ITY WALK FUNDS WEL­COMED AS DOG TRAIN­ING COSTS REACH ¤35,000

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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.

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