Loreto Secondary School present cheque to Balbriggan/north county Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs

January 18, 2017 0

Each year the Balbriggan/north county Dublin branch of Irish guide dogs for the blind sell xmas cards and calendars as part of their fundraising efforts. One of the big things that the branch do is visit schools talking about the work of Irish guide dogs and what a guide dog means to a blind person or an assistance dog means to a family who have a child with Autism

Over the years staff from the different schools look to take in some of the xmas cards and calendars to sell to their fellow teachers and other staff to help with the fundraising.

The 2016 campaign took a different twist with Loretta Secondary School as Tom O’Neill and Jade McCormack both guide dog owners in the town of Balbriggan were asked to come into the school to give a talk. When the talk was done the T.Yclass under the leadership of Karen Ryan the years co-ordinator took on to sell the cards and calendars but the T.Y. girls also decided to do a fundraiser called the 12 days of xmas. They contacted some local businesses and got some prizes and each day did a raffle in the school

The outcome was €630 raised by the girls and the pictures show Tom O’Neill with Gatsby his guide dog, Jade McCormack with her guide dog Yannie and T.Y. co-ordinator Karen Ryan plus some of the many girls involved in the fundraiser.

Tom O’Neill co-chair of the branch and guide dog owner thanked the girls and all in the school for the great amount of money they raised.  Fundraisers like this give the branch a great lift and encourage them to continue working to raise more money. Young people often get bad press but this hard work done by these girls says there’s a lot of great young people out there as well

The Java Hut at Balbriggan train station was another outlet for this year’s cards as was Pat Baxter butcher Clonard street, Wishes Gift Shop Balbriggan, Cuddles Pet Store Millfield, Oir Design and Stitch in Time rush, McMeals and Stacks Pharmacies of Skerries plus many more. The branch wishes sincerely to thank all who helped in this year’s xmas card and calendar fundraising project

All moneys raised goes straight to headquarters of Irish guide dogs cork www.guidedogs.ie where it goes to the training of more guide dogs for blind people and more assistance dogs for families who have a child with Autism. All involved with the branch are total volunteers and the branch are always looking for more people like themselves to volunteer with them. The branch can be contacted on 085 7663107 or by email on guidedogsbalbriggan@gmail.com