19th An­nual Ern­fold/Morse Pu­rina Walk for Dog Guides on May 31

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Bring your four-legged friends and dig out your walk­ing shoes - the Ern­fold and Dis­trict Lioness Club is host­ing their 19th con­sec­u­tive Pu­rina Walk for Dog Guides on May 31 in Morse.

The na­tional event, now in its 30th year, has raised more than $12 mil­lion to pro­vide dog guides to qual­i­fy­ing Cana­di­ans at no cost to those in need.

Pat Gall is the or­ga­nizer for the lo­cal Ern­fold/Morse walk, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sun­day, May 31.

"It's a pledge event, where each of the walk­ers gets a pledge form and then tries to get pledges from peo­ple. We don't do it on a mileage ba­sis, it's more of a do­na­tion. So each of us gets as many pledges as we can, and then we go from there."

The Walk for Dog Guides in Morse will not be lengthy, says Gall.

"It's about a three kilo­me­tre walk, so it's not re­ally far. But you can stop when­ever you want, we have a driver who drives around and gives us wa­ter, and picks you up any­one who can't go any far­ther, in case of emer­gency."

The walk­ers will de­part from the Morse Mu­seum, and Gall says dogs are op­tional.

"You can bring your dog to walk, but if you don't have a dog, you're still wel­come to come out and join us for the walk any­way."

More than 200 walks will take place this spring across Canada - the an­nual event raises money for Li­ons Foun­da­tion of Cana- da Dog Guides, a na­tional char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion which breeds, trains, and places ser­vice dogs with qual­i­fy­ing ap­pli­cants. Not only do ser­vice dogs help those with vis­ual im­pair­ment, but the train­ing has now been ex­panded to in­clude hear­ing im­pair­ments, seizure re­sponse dogs, autism as­sis­tance, and di­a­betic alerts.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion for the walk in Morse is not nec­es­sary, ex­plains Gall.

"We ask that you just show up be­fore 11 a.m. and we go from there. For the most part, we've had beau­ti­ful weather ev­ery year so we're hop­ing that it stays that way."

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.puri­nawalk­for­dog­guides.com.

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