County Tipperary helped raise more than €143k for Irish Guide Dogs during SHADES campaign

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank all of its many volunteers in County Tipperary for helping to support its SHADES campaign which raised more than €143k to date, with more monies expected in over the summer. The charity would like to thank all who purchased a Shades pin and supported the organisation in this way. This money will be used to directly fund its much needed services.

Supported by Roy Keane SHADES is an annual Irish Guide Dogs campaign that aims to raise awareness and income for its much needed range of services including Guide Dogs, Assistance Dogs for children with autism and a wide range of mobility and independent living skills services.

It costs €38,000 to train a working Guide or Assistance Dog over the course of its lifetime; however, all of the services offered by Irish Guide Dogs are given to clients free of charge. Uniquely, the organisation is 80% funded through public and voluntary donations. This means that every SHADES pin purchased is making a real and vital difference in the life of someone who is vision impaired or a child who has autism.

“Thank you for your support. We could not do our work without you,” said Sinead O’Keeffe, Commercial Manager with Irish Guide Dogs. “By supporting Irish Guide Dogs you are truly making a positive difference in people’s lives.”

There will be two Thank You events for volunteers in the summer, in Cork and in Dublin with dates to be confirmed. You can keep up to date with the organisation through www.guidedogs.iewww.facebook.com/irishguidedogs andwww.twitter.com/irishguidedogs.

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