Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Get Involved And Fundraise To Help Train More Guide Dogs

5 February 2013
News Release

Get Involved And Fundraise To Help Train More Guide Dogs

Calling supporters for 2013 Red Puppy Appeal

On April 5 and 6 this year, the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) needs a brigade of volunteers to collect money throughout the country.

RNZFB is calling for people to take part in the annual Red Puppy Appeal by volunteering to collect money in their local area and fundraise for the breeding and training of guide dogs.

By spending just a few hours on April 5 and 6 collecting on the streets, in local malls, supermarkets and shopping centres, volunteers will be helping people who are blind or have low vision, like 11-year-old Amy from New Plymouth.

Like most children, Amy wants a puppy. But for Amy having a dog has a special significance and will give her the independence she has never had.

Right now Amy is learning how to use a cane with the help of Jo, one of RNZFB’s dedicated Independent Life Skills Specialists, which she is using this year at intermediate school.

Amy hopes that one day she will be able to have the constant companion of a RNZFB guide dog. “Having a guide dog would be amazing! I could catch the bus by myself and go to so many places!” says Amy.

RNZFB guide dogs give people the freedom and confidence to live an independent life. There is currently a 12 month waiting list and it can take even longer for people with particular needs.

RNZFB Executive Director of Supporter Marketing and Fundraising, Alison Wheatley, says RNZFB puppies go through a robust training programme before they graduate to become working guide dogs.

“We do not charge our members to receive a RNZFB guide dog – all the costs for breeding and training are met by public donations, sponsorship and legacies. Right now there are people still waiting to receive guide dogs, so it’s really important we get donations to maintain this life-changing service,” says Alison Wheatley.

Keen supporters of the Red Puppy Appeal include the Prime Minister’s wife Bronagh Key, Kate Hawkesby and Mike Hosking.

To sign up to be a volunteer on April 5 and 6, visit redpuppy.org.nz or phone 0800 120 254.

Notes

• The RNZFB is New Zealand’s main provider of sight loss services to people who are blind or have low vision.

• The RNZFB equips its members with the adaptive skills, technology and resources they need to overcome the barriers they face to participating fully in society and leading independent lives.
• Every day an average of three New Zealanders register with the RNZFB for support with sight loss.

• RNZFB guide dogs are taught to guide people around hazards, negotiate traffic, locate common destinations and travel on public transport. RNZFB puppies are identified by their bright red coats and the average working life of a RNZFB guide dog is eight to 10 years.

• The RNZFB receives no government funding for Guide Dog Services so your support of the Red Puppy Appeal will help Kiwis who are blind or have low vision live a full and independent life.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news