Roy takes the lead for his favourite charity
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.