Residents urged to get baking for guide dogs
Matamata bakers are being urged to whip up a batch of puppy-shaped bikkies to sell to friends, family and workmates to raise money for guide dogs.
If you love to bake or eat biscuits, the Red Puppy Bikkie Day held by the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind ( RNZFB) on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, is the yummiest way to support its annual Red Puppy Appeal.
This appeal collects money for the breeding and training of guide dogs throughout New Zealand and RNZFB is eager to make the day even bigger and better in 2013 – the third year Red Puppy Bikkie Day has run.
Already more than 200 individuals and organisations have signed up, from businesses to schools and daycares, but RNZFB needs far more people to get involved in order to make the appeal successful.
RNZFB chief executive Sandra Budd said an astounding amount of time, effort and money went into training each guide dog puppy.
‘‘ Before our guide dogs are ready to act as the eyes of people who are blind or have low vision, we train them for about two years and then teach them skills specific to the person who will have the guide dog,’’ she said.
‘‘This can be anything from how to negotiate obstacles like road works through to being comfortable on trains and buses.’’
RNZFB receives no government funding for Guide Dog Services so support of the Red Puppy Bikkie Day makes a real difference to people who are blind or have low vision.
A guide dog gives users independence, confidence and companionship.
Anyone keen to participate can register at redpuppy.org.nz where they will also find all the information required for running a successful Red Puppy Bikkie Day event, including recipes, posters, tips, FAQs and a colouring competition.