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Saturday 21 April 2018

Guide dogs branch has fantastic local support

The Balbriggan and North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs were out in force at Millfield Shopping Centre recently, selling guide dog pins and wrist bands to locals in support of the branch's latest fundraising drive for the cause.

The branch want to thank everyone who contributed on the day and assure everyone that all the money raised will go to the Irish Guide Dogs in Cork to train more dogs for people with visual impairments as well as assistance dogs for children with autism.

Some weeks ago Gerry Buckley Manager of Moriarty's SuperValu Balbriggan offered Breege O'Neill, a local stalwart of the Irish Guide Dogs branch, a very large soft beautifully made dog to raffle to make some money for Guide Dogs.

Unice, Breege's former guide dog, retired two years back and Breege is now waiting for a replacement so Gerry thought the donation of the raffle prize might help raise the cash for a new guide dog for Breege.

That got the ball rolling and soon after, Moriarty's SuperValu Balbriggan then gave the local branch of Guide dogs the Balbriggan\North County Dublin Branch two days to sell raffle tickets inside of the store, which raised over €800.

The winning ticket was drawn by Ryan a Deputy Manager of Supervalu who was on duty that evening.

The winner chose an Easter Egg for her prize while the giant cuddly dog was donated to a special needs play school.

The local guide dogs branch want to thank everyone at Moriarty's Supervalu in Balbriggan and particularly, Gerry Buckly for their efforts and ongoing support for this great local cause.

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