Walk promotes independence

The sixth annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides takes place in Enderby May 28

North Okanagan residents can give Canadians a new leash on life.

The sixth annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides takes place in Enderby May 28.

“The largest walk of its kind in Canada, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is held in more than 250 communities in support of Canadians with disabilities,” said Jean Early, one of the local organizers.

Participation in the walk can help provide one of the six kinds of dog guides:

1. Canine vision for people who are blind or visually impaired

2. Hearing dog for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

3. Special skills for people with a medical or physical disability

4. Seizure response for people with epilepsy

5. Autism assistance for children with autism spectrum disorder

6. Diabetic alert launched in 2013

The event is being held at the Lions Gazebo at Riverside Park and is sponsored by the Enderby Lions Club and the Lions Foundation of Canada.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The walk options are two, 2.5 or 4.5 kilometres long.

Anyone wanting to participate can get pledge sheets at Enderby Jewellers or Shuswap Insurance in Enderby. For more information, call 250-838-7410 or 250-836-4126.