Col­lec­tors needed for guide dogs

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

About 5000 vol­un­teers are ur­gently needed na­tion­wide for the 2011 Red Puppy Ap­peal in April.

The an­nual ap­peal, which is be­ing held from Fri­day April 1 to Sun­day April 3, raises vi­tal funds for the Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion of the Blind’s Guide Dog Ser­vices.

‘‘Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion of the Blind guide dogs pro­vide hun­dreds of blind and par­tially sighted New Zealan­ders with the means and con­fi­dence to get around in­de­pen­dently and safely,’’ said San­dra Budd, foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive.

‘‘It’s a long process to be­come a guide dog as ev­ery puppy must train for two years, pass 55 dif­fer­ent tests and walk thou­sands of steps. With no Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for guide dog ser­vices, we rely on pub­lic sup­port.

‘‘Ev­ery dol­lar col­lected dur­ing our ap­peal re­ally counts, which is why we need as many vol­un­teers as pos­si­ble out there rat­tling buck­ets on street corners,’’ said Ms Budd.

Red Puppy Ap­peal col­lec­tors will be on the streets on Fri­day April 1 and Satur­day April 2 and any­one want­ing to vol­un­teer can call 0800 120 254 or reg­is­ter on­line at www.red­puppy.org.nz.

Ms Budd said the foun­da­tion is also plan­ning some ex­tra sweet treats to en­hance this year’s ap­peal and will re­lease more de­tails in a few weeks.

Help give power to the red pup­pies so, as guide dogs, they can em­power blind and par­tially sighted New Zealan­ders. Do­nate on­line at www.red­puppy.org.nz Please give gen­er­ously when you see Red Puppy Ap­peal col­lec­tors out and about from April 1 to 3.

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