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Campaign launched to raise awareness of Guide Dogs
11:10am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN is to be launched to raise awareness of the importance of Guide Dogs.
Guide Dogs, which has a base in Atherton, is urging the public to support the funding of guide dogs for blind or partially-sighted people.
The charity, which was based in Bolton until 2009, receives no Government funding.
Dianne Moore, the charity’s fundraiser in Greater Manchester, said: “The charity pays a huge amount of money out, with users often paying a small amount for use of the dogs.
“The training follows three elements with puppy walking for the first 12 months, which is followed by their first training in the Atherton centre when they are 12 months old.
“That is followed by more advanced training from 17 months which, depending on the dog, takes a further three months.
“We get no funding from the Government and without the support of the general public we would not exist.”
The campaign, High Visibility, will call on people to ‘Stand Out for Guide Dogs’.
It is being held to coincide with Guide Dogs Week, which will take place from October 5 to 13.
Dianne said: “The week of events is one of our main attempts to raise awareness and to fundraise.
“We have a number of events already planned, including one with pupils from Bolton School where the girls will dress up in luminous clothing, leggings and accessories.”
The events will include guide dog owners and puppy walkers.
It costs £50,000 to train one guide dog.
To find out more or to get involved, contact Diane Moore by e-mail on email@example.com, or call 07920 285766.
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