Sunday 22 July 2018

Roy takes the lead for his favourite charity

Roy Keane with Igor the dog chatting to Irish Guide Dogs volunteer Jim Leahy and his dog Ube at the launch of the fundraising campaign yesterday. Photo: Clare Keogh
Roy Keane with Igor the dog chatting to Irish Guide Dogs volunteer Jim Leahy and his dog Ube at the launch of the fundraising campaign yesterday. Photo: Clare Keogh

Ciara Treacy

Football legend Roy Keane was on hand yesterday to launch an important fundraising campaign for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Keane has been one of the charity's ambassadors for the past 14 years. "I'm here to raise the profile," he said. "To help get volunteers involved, meet people who've got guide dogs, and the puppy-walkers - it's nice, I like doing it."

Since its establishment in 1976, the charity has grown and now caters for families of children with autism.

However, 60 families are on a three-year waiting list due to demand. "We are operating with a gap of almost €500,000 between our income and the costs associated with maintaining services at current levels," said CEO of Irish Guide Dogs Padraig Mallon. "Our clients are having to wait too long for our services."

National Guide Dog Day takes place at collection points across Ireland from April 29 to May 7.

Irish Independent

Life Newsletter

Our digest of the week's juiciest lifestyle titbits.

Editors Choice

Also in Life