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


Guide Dogs - Calling volunteers for 2014 Red Puppy Appeal

Sam needs your help to become a Guide Dog

Calling volunteers for 2014 Red Puppy Appeal

If Sam didn’t wear his flash red jacket, he would look just like any other exceptionally cute puppy. But this little fella, like 120 others each year, is out to change lives.

They’re guide dogs in training and, in order for them to do their job, The Blind Foundation needs your help.

The Blind Foundation is calling for volunteers for the 2014 Red Puppy Appeal on March 28 and 29 to raise funds for the breeding and training of guide dogs.

Dogs like Sam really do change lives, giving people who are blind or have low vision the freedom and confidence to live an independent life. That means helping to carry out day-to-day tasks like catching the bus, crossing the road and dining out.

As of January 2014, there are 230 working guide dogs around New Zealand. However, the waiting list is around 12 months and it can take even longer to find a guide dog for people with particular needs. This time can be reduced significantly if more guide dogs are bred and trained.

Blind Foundation Executive Director of Supporter Marketing and Fundraising, Alison Wheatley, says guide dog puppies go through two years of rigorous training before they graduate. Once assigned, their working life averages eight to 10 years.

Some of this year’s graduates will go to people who haven’t had a guide dog before while others will replace retiring guide dogs.

“We don’t charge our members to receive a guide dog – all the costs for breeding and training are met by public donations, sponsorship and legacies. That’s why the Red Puppy Appeal is so important,” says Wheatley.

“The continued generous support of the New Zealand public enables our puppies to succeed in their vital work.”

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

To support Sam and his chums, sign up to be a volunteer on March 28 and 29 by visiting or phone 0800 120 254.

About the Blind Foundation
• The Blind Foundation is New Zealand’s main provider of sight loss services to people who are blind or have low vision.
• Every day an average of three New Zealanders register with the Blind Foundation for support with sight loss.
• The Blind Foundation equips its clients with the adaptive skills, technology and resources they need to overcome the barriers they face to participating fully in society and leading independent lives.
• Most of the people the Blind Foundation supports are not totally blind. There are many eye conditions that cause varying degrees of sight loss and these can affect people of all ages.

Red Puppy Appeal
• Red Puppy Appeal is on from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 March 2014. To volunteer as a street appeal collector or make a donation, visit or phone 0800 RED PUPPY (0800 733 787)
• The Blind Foundation receives no government funding for Blind Foundation Guide Dogs so your support of the Red Puppy Appeal will help Kiwis who are blind or have low vision live a full and independent life.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news