OLYMPIAN Annalise Murphy showed her support for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) at their Fundraising Conference in the Killeshin hotel in Portlaoise where she launched their 2013 Calendar.
Annalise spoke of her love for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Annalises mother Cathy, who represented Ireland in sailing at the 1988 Olympic Games, has been a puppy walker for IGDB for many years with many of Cathy’s pups going on to become Guide and Assistance Dogs. They have seen firsthand how amazing these dogs are, Annalise also acknowledged the valuable work being done by the organisation’s fundraising volunteers across the country, praising their passion and commitment to helping people living with sight loss or autism.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Chief Executive, Padraig Mallon, said, “Our volunteers put a huge effort into selling our Calendars and Christmas cards each year it is our most successful fundraiser. Last year we raised over €300,000 all of it going towards funding our life changing services for blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with autism. We are hoping to sell 40,000 calendars this year; we will do so with the invaluable support of our volunteers and the generosity of the public who simply love our dogs.”
The 2013 calendar features shots of IGDBs dogs at work rest and play in beautiful surroundings. The sale of the Calendars raises significant funds for the organisation, all funds raised are reinvested directly into providing their services free of charge. The calendars would make a great Christmas present for all the dog lovers in your life. They can be purchased online at www.guidedogs.ie for J8 or by calling 1850 506 300 to place your order.