Purina Walk for Guide Dogs set for Sunday

For the fourth year in a row, the Grande Prairie Lion’s Club is looking for walkers to come out and support the Purina Walk for Guide Dogs this Sunday at the Lion’s Learning Centre, 9625 Prairie Road.

Donna Coutler, one of the organizers and committee member with the club, said the walk is put on by Lion’s clubs across the country to raise needed funds to breed and train service dogs for those in need.

“It’s a support program to promote awareness of and raise money in support of the Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides programs,” she said.

“They breed and train service dogs and those dogs are given free of charge to Canadians who qualify.”

Those looking to show their support can come out to the centre at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday to sign up. The walk itself will begin at 1 p.m.

“Purina is a supporter and has been for many, many years of the Lion’s Foundation of Canada Dog Guides programs and they provide all the food for the dogs when they’re in training,” she said.

Those interested don’t necessarily need a dog. Coulter said in the past, people have come out with their friends and even with a cat to participate and help raise money.

“You don’t have to have a dog you can come and just participate in the walk and join us,” she said. “There will be pledge forms available there if you wish to make a contribution, of course this is what we want and hope.”

While there is no set fundraising goal, Coulter said she’s hoping for a good turn out and nice weather and for other local businesses to participate.

“There’s a light lunch, just cookies and juice for those who participate,” she added.

“I just want to encourage people to come… We would love them to pledge an amount towards supporting the dogs because it costs a lot of money for the foundation to train and breed these dogs and then they are given out free to Canadians who qualify.”

To learn more more about the walk, to register or to donate, visit http://www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.


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