Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs

March 20, 2017 0

On Wednesday 1st March there was a meeting in the Bracken Court hotel of all the local branches of guide dogs and other volunteers not necessarily connected with the branches from around Balbriggan.  The aim of the meeting was to update all old and new volunteers on the work of Irish guide dogs for the blind

The Balbriggan/north county Dublin branch who hosted the event felt very honoured that Pat Bourke vice chairman of Irish guide dogs for the blind took time to attend to talk to those gathered in the room.  Una Deasy the Community Fundraising and Volunteer Care Manager also attended as did Nick Palmer and Donna Lang both board of directors

Over 30 interested people attended and the questions were very broad from the breeding of the dogs to puppy walking to having a driver to assist a guide dog owner attend a school talk

The buzz in the room was excellent all evening and The Balbriggan Lions Club members Joe Monks and Donal ward were recognized for their recent donation to the charity of €500. Ongoing the charity needs more money to continue training more guide dogs for blind people and more assistance dogs for families who have a child with autism

Our branch will be selling our pins throughout the area during April and we always need extra help.  You could take a box of pins into your work place and sell them for us.  We hope to be in Millfield S.C. and Supervalu Balbriggan plus Tesco’s of Rush.  Let us know if you want a box in your premises.

In May the branch will have a table quiz so come along and support us

If you would like to be involved with the local branch or a branch around the area or just want to be kept posted on upcoming events send an email to guidedogsbalbriggan@gmail.com or ring-text 0857663107 and we will link you to whoever you would like to be involved with.

Tom O’Neill, guide dog owner and co-chair local branch