News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Guide Dog Appeal hits a new record – best ever!

From the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
For immediate release

Guide Dog Appeal hits a new record – best ever!

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) still can’t believe the news that donations received from this year’s Guide Dog Appeal street collection have reached $507,804 with still some more to come!

With the target from the street appeal at $360,000, Jeanette Manson, RNZFB Divisional Manager Fundraising, says receiving nearly $150,000 over the original figure is phenomenal.

“From start to finish the entire appeal has just been fantastic,” says Ms Manson.

“I’m not sure if it was the bright red vests or the creative television commercial but all in all it has been a huge success.”

Held from 2 – 4 April, the 2004 annual Guide Dog Appeal saw thousands of volunteer collectors hit the streets wearing bright red vests to collect donations so the RNZFB can continue breeding, raising, training and matching guide dogs to its blind and vision-impaired members.

For the RNZFB’s Guide Dog Appeal, the last two years have seen an increase in the number of donations received, as well as an increase in the number of people volunteering nationwide.

It is a trend that is going against the norm for many charities in New Zealand.

“Often it’s getting volunteer collectors that is the difficult part,” says Ms Manson.

“But despite this, every year we have numerous people who volunteer time after time and quite frankly, the appeal just wouldn’t happen without them.”

“Not only do we owe a big thank you to the volunteers, especially all the Bayleys Realty Group staff, but also to the New Zealand public for getting behind us,” Ms Manson says.

“Without generous donations from the public we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of support that we do currently for blind and vision-impaired New Zealanders.”

Of the $507,804 received from the street appeal the amount received in each region is as follows:

2004 2003

Auckland/Northland $154,387 $101,721
Waikato/King Country $24,409 $10,140
Bay of Plenty $69,144 $24,141
Hawkes Bay $23,282 $17,778
Wellington/Taranaki/ Manawatu $84,648 $73,343
Nelson/Marlborough $24,883 $15,191
Canterbury/ West Coast $72,428 $68,694
Otago/Southland $53,900 $61,346
National $722 $2,959

TOTAL $507,804 $375,313

All up the Guide Dog Appeal has raised $812,791. This includes $304,987 from the direct mail activity.

Money raised from the appeal will go towards guide dogs and other essential, specialised services the RNZFB provides for its members.

- ends -

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news