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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Guide dogs branch praises local support

With Santa are Brian Brodigan of Specsavers, Peter Carey of Millfield Shopping Centre, Breege O’Neill from the local branch of Irish Guide Dogs, Brooke Daly, Katie O’Neill and Gatsby the dog with his owner, Tom O’Neill.
With Santa are Brian Brodigan of Specsavers, Peter Carey of Millfield Shopping Centre, Breege O’Neill from the local branch of Irish Guide Dogs, Brooke Daly, Katie O’Neill and Gatsby the dog with his owner, Tom O’Neill.

Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan and Specsavers did their bit for the local branch of the Irish Guide Dogs when they enlisted Santa to help out.

Next to Santa's grotto in the shopping centre, was a box where visitors to the man from the North Pole could donate to the local charity.

Co-chair of the Balbriggan and North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Tom O'Neill said: 'The local branch of guide dogs would like to wish all of our many supporters a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

'Your support is hugely appreciated by all of us in Irish Guide Dogs.'

The fundraising never stops for the branch and their next big fundraiser is planned for January 26 in Oldtown House.

The annual Billy McGrath Poker Classic is taking place on Friday night, January 26 in Oldtown House.

The stating time for the classic is 8.30pm and it will be €50 per person to play.

On the night there will be a raffle for a hamper and many other prizes.

In February, another big fundraising effort for the charity is planned.

The Annual Balbriggan Dancing Feis will take place again in Clan Mhuire GAA clubhouse, Naul on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, commencing at 9am and finishing at 6pm on both days.

So as the branch looks back on a great year it is very grateful for the support it has been given by everyone in the community across north Fingal.

Tom said that without that support, the organisation could not do what it does best, and that is fund the training of guide dogs who transform the lives of blind and partially sighted people all over Fingal and across the country.

Irish Guide Dogs is Ireland's national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.

It's mission is to enable people with sight loss and families of children with autism to lead better lives, become more independent and more mobile.

The organisation receive over 85% of its income through voluntary donations and fundraising through a network of volunteers across the country, just like the committed band of volunteers who run the branch right here in Fingal.

It cost over €5 million to run the organisation for a year so your donations are crucial in continuing to provide this life-changing service. As well as providing guide dogs for people with visual impairments, the organisation also trains assistance dogs for people with autism.

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