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Ride for Dog Guides!

by Heather Fowler
(Oakville Ontario Canada)

The Lions Foundation of Canada is holding their Annual “Ride for Dog Guides” and is looking for motorcycle enthusiasts to join in the fun.

The Poker Run fundraisier will start in Oakville at the foundation headquarters (152 Wilson Street) on Saturday June 23 at 9am, and go to Lowville Park, and Guelph area before ending in Breslau at the Breeding & Training Centre for a bbq and refreshments. There will be music and a silent auction.

“We are hoping to have 100 motorcycle enthusiasts register and raise $10,000 to support the charity” says event organizer, Heather Fowler.

Lions Foundation of Canada is a national charity. Its mission is to provide service to Canadians with disabilities in the areas of mobility, safety and independence. Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada has operated Dog Guides Canada to provide specially trained Dog Guides to more than 1,700 men, women and children from coast to coast. In addition to training Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired, LFCDG also trains Dog Guides to meet the needs of Canadians with hearing and other medical or physical disabilities as well as an Autism Assistance Dog Guide program. “This autism program is wonderful. Children with autism do not often make friends easily” says Fowler, “and the soft, furry four legged variety we place with them are sometimes the only friend they ever have”.

Each Dog Guide costs approximately $20,000 to train and match with a qualified applicant but is provided at no cost. The Foundation does not receive any government funding, relying solely on donations and fundraising events like the Ride for Dog Guides.

Pledge forms are available online at:

Date: Saturday June 23rd, 2012, 9am
Start: Lions Foundation of Canada, 152 Wilson Street, Oakville
End: Lions Foundation of Canada Breeding & Training Centre, 3751 Chilligo Road, Breslau

Heather Fowler, Partnership Development Manager - Dog Guides Canada
Cell (519) 277-4188
Office (519) 648-3307 ext. 222
Email: hfowler@dogguides.com

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