Guide dogs need you

Take part in one of many Bikkie Day parties held on Friday July 26 to help raise funds for the Blind Foundation NZ so they can continue their guide dog programme.

There are many ingredients needed to breed and train a Blind Foundation guide dog.

Next Friday, the most important one is you.

Bakers across the country will be hosting Bikkie Day parties on Friday July 26 to raise funds for the Blind Foundation NZ so they can continue their guide dog programme and you’re invited.

It takes two years and a significant investment to raise and train a guide dog, a life-changing service which is entirely funded by charitable donations.

Starting with a sophisticated breeding programme, their development includes dedicated volunteer puppy raisers to teach them the ways of the busy world we live in, and training and support from specialist trainers.

Guide dogs are one of the ways the Blind Foundation help people retain their freedom and independence after vision loss to move around safely and confidently.

They act as the eyes for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision. They have a huge responsibility and are charged with making what could potentially be a life or death decision when navigating hazards.

Last year over 1,135 bakers from all over New Zealand raised more than $100,000.

  • For more information visit: bikkieday.org.nz.