Taking a walk for guide dogs

The second annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides takes place in Enderby May 27 and will help Canadians with disabilities.

Angela Killen (left)

Angela Killen (left)

The Enderby Lions Club, with the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, host the second Purina Walk for Dog Guides in Enderby May 27.

The Lions Foundation of Canada, based in Oakville, Ont., trains dog guides in five programs to help Canadians with disabilities of all ages. The Canine Vision Dog Guides are for people who are blind or visually impaired; Hearing Ear Dog Guides are for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; Special Skills Dog Guides are for people with a medical or physical disability; Seizure Response Dog Guides are for people who have epilepsy; and Autism Assistance Dog Guides are for children with autism.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides helps provide the essential funding needed to allow the Lions Foundation to continue to provide dog guides at no cost to people with disabilities. The Lions Foundation of Canada has operated Dog Guides Canada since 1983 and has provided specially trained dog guides for more than 1,400 men, women and children across the country.

Each dog guide costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train and are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. The Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies solely on donations and fundraising events like the Purina Walk for Dog Guides.

It is the largest walk of its kind in Canada and is held in more than 200 communities and organized by volunteers. Thanks to the sponsors at the national and local levels, all proceeds go directly toward training dog guides for Canadians with disabilities.

The Enderby Lions Club Purina Walk for Dog Guides takes place May 27 starting from Lions Gazebo at Riverside Park, Enderby. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Pledge sheets are available at the Enderby Chamber of Commerce and the Stocking Up Shop in Enderby.

For more information or to get a pledge sheet, contact Angela Killen at 250-838-6273 or angelakillen@hotmail.com.