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Our Red Puppies Need You!

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) 5 March 2008 Media Release

Our Red Puppies Need You!

The RNZFB's Red Puppy Appeal is on soon, and we still need hundreds more volunteer collectors to help! By volunteering your time, you can help our Red Puppies bring freedom and independence to a blind, deafblind or vision-impaired person's life.

"Guide Dog Services receives no government funding. So, to help us meet the ever increasing demand for guide dogs, we need to raise over $1 million during the Red Puppy Appeal. Public support is critical," says Dianne Armstrong, Head of Regional Fundraising.

Even just one hour of collecting between Friday 4 April - Sunday 6 April, can make a huge difference! To volunteer please phone 0800 REDPUPPY (0800 733 787) to speak with your nearest RNZFB Regional Fundraising Manager or apply online at www.redpuppy.org.nz

"By giving power to the Red Puppies, they can grow up as world-class guide dogs and empower blind people to live independently. The difference a guide dog makes is immense, but it's very expensive to breed, raise, train and match each one. With around 32 people on the waiting list, that's a lot of loose change we need to collect!"

Donations to the Red Puppy Appeal can be made now – To donate $3 text RED to 469, to donate $20 phone 0900 RED PUPPY (0900 733 787) or please give generously when you see a volunteer collector out and about during the appeal.

ENDS


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