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by Doug Harvey
2018 Walk For Dog Guides
Lead photo: Don Hancock, and Service Dog Paige
Top photo left-right: Cutting the ribbon MPP Jeff Yurek,
MP Karen Vecchio, and Central Elgin Mayor David Marr.

On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 the Port Stanley Lioness Club held their Annual Walk for Guide Dogs. This Port Stanley fundraising event has been assisting people with a medical or physical disability for 31 years, by providing them with Dog Guides at no cost.

The Lions Foundation of Canada trains Dog Guides and assists Canadians with a wide range of disabilities. With six programs in place, with Dog Guides for the visually impaired or blind, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Special Skills Dog Guides for people who have a medical or physical disability, Autism Assistance for children aged 4-12 who have autism spectrum disorder, Seizure Response for people who have epilepsy, Diabetic Alert for people who have type 1 diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness. Canadians with disabilities are offered the opportunity to find greater independence, mobility and safety through the help of a Dog Guide. With a cost of $25,000 to raise, train, and place a Dog Guide, many people with disabilities would not be able to have a Dog Guide without the assistance of this Annual Walk for Guide Dogs. Dog Guides Canada has already provided specially trained Dog Guides to more than 2,764 men, women and children, all without any government funding.

There was a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to mark the start of this years Pet Valu Walk for Guide Dogs, with MP Karen Vecchio, MPP Jeff Yurek, and Central Elgin Mayor David Marr doing the honour's. This year the 3 km route was changed back to North up Carlow Road, then East onto Warren Street, then South onto Colborne Street, and finally West onto Bridge Street crossing Kettle Creek using the King George VI Lift Bridge. Also at the event today was Don Hancock a resident of St. Thomas, and recipient of a Lions Club Service Dog named Paige that was raised and trained in the Lions Oakville facility. This years Walk For Dog Guides sponsor was Pet Valu.

When it was all over, Lioness Beverley Filewood, Committee Chair, happily reported that $18,171.50 was raised for this event, the best it's ever been! The Port Stanley Lioness Club would also like to thank everyone who came out to support this worthy cause, and that this event, the Walk for Guide Dogs, will return in 2019.

Last Updated: Sunday, 27 May 2018 16:37:22 PM EST

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