Collectors needed for guide dogs
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.