Local man and his guide dog help launch IGBD Calendar

Olympian Annalise Murphy showed her support for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) at the organisation’s Fundraising Conference at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise recently where she launched  their 2013 Calendar.  Also on hand was local man Jim Heavey and his Guide Dog Zonta, both of whom are very well known in and around Longford town.

Olympian Annalise Murphy showed her support for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) at the organisation’s Fundraising Conference at the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise recently where she launched  their 2013 Calendar.  Also on hand was local man Jim Heavey and his Guide Dog Zonta, both of whom are very well known in and around Longford town.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Chief Executive, Padraig Mallon said: “Our volunteers put a huge effort into selling our calendars and Christmas cards each year, it is our most successful fundraiser”.

“Last year we raised over €300,000 all of it going towards funding our life changing services for blind and vision impaired persons and families of children with autism,” he added. “We are hoping to sell 40,000 calendars this year; we will do so with the invaluable support of our volunteers and the generosity of the public who simply love our dogs.”

The 2013 calendar features shots of IGDBs dogs at work, rest and play in beautiful surroundings. The sale of the Calendars raises significant funds for the organisation, all funds raised are reinvested directly into providing their services free of charge. The calendars would make a great Christmas present for all the dog lovers in your life. They can be purchased online atwww.guidedogs.ie for €8 or by calling 1850 506 300 to place your order.