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0800 Dog Day - Calling All Volunteers



Guide dogs around New Zealand are looking for a few hours of help from their two-legged friends.

The Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind is looking for hundreds of volunteers throughout New Zealand to donate a few hours of their time on April 28 and 29.

The extra help is needed for the Foundation's Guide Dog Appeal - an annual event, which raises money for guide dogs and other essential services for blind and sight impaired New Zealanders.

Tim Kay, National Manager Special Events says "The success of the campaign really depends on how many volunteers we have out in the streets and malls over the days of the appeal.

"Their help in selling badges and collecting donations makes a huge difference to the end result.

"We always have willing volunteers from sources close to us - like our puppy walkers, members and staff. We are also lucky to have the full support of schools, community organisations like Lions and Rotary, and NZ Marching's marching girls.

"But we would really like new faces to get involved in this appeal, and for those interested people to give us a call if they have a spare two or three hours on the Friday and Saturday we are collecting."

The Guide Dog Appeal not only raises money but also creates awareness about the Foundation for the Blind and Guide Dog Services.

More than 220 people in the community gain the benefits of guide dogs, including greater speed, confidence and independence.

Anyone willing to donate a few hours of their time should call 0800 Dog Day (0800 364 329).



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