At this time of year the next fundraiser of The Balbriggan\North
County Dublin Branch of Guide Dogs is selling X-mas cards
and 2007 calendars. This year they are priced at EUR8 for
the calendar and EUR6 for a pack of 8 assorted cards. They
are available from a phone call to myself (Tom O'Neill)
on (01)8412076 or home e-mail address for orders firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on sale in Balbriggan from the Gift Shop Dublin Street,
Pet Shop, Vets Dublin Street, Imelda's hair Saloon Bridge
Street or Pat Baxter Butcher Clonard Street. In Skerries
from McKenna's Hardware and Pet Shop Thomas Hand Street.
Also Lissenhall Boarding kennels Swords.
All moneys raised helps the Association
to continue to supply guide dogs - and long cane (white
stick) mobility training - free to the blind community
of Ireland. It costs about EUR7,000 to train, then to
rear and support a guide dog. For the lifetime of the
working dog it is estimated to cost in the region of EUR35,000
per unit. A Guide Dog's working life lasts about 10 years
and then it must be replaced. The major part of our income
comes from private donations. We get approximately 20%
of our overall budget from the State and EU.