Guide Dogs Queensland<br>'Pawknock' appeal


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VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR "PAWKNOCK"

Guide Dogs Queensland is urgently seeking volunteers throughout Queensland to help with their major annual "Pawknock" appeal which runs from 1st - 14th March, 2005.

To volunteer or find out more information you can contact the Association on Freecall: 1800 810 119 or www.guidedogsqld.com.au .

If you are looking for a way to help Guide Dogs Queensland breed and train more Guide Dogs to help blind and vision impaired people throughout Queensland then all you need to do is volunteer for the upcoming "Pawknock" Appeal.

Volunteers are needed to knock on the doors of neighbours, family, friends and even workplace colleagues to help raise more than $250,000 statewide for the breeding and training of more Guide Dogs.

Guide Dogs Queensland receives no government funding for its Guide Dogs services so at this time of the year the association asks the community to dig deep and volunteer just a couple of hours of their time or donate when someone knocks on their door during the Appeal.

According to Guide Dogs Queensland Fundraising Manager Karen Furnivall the Appeal makes a huge difference to the Association's ability to provide Guide Dogs for blind and vision impaired Queenslanders.

"We currently have more than 25 people we expect will need a Guide Dog for the first time or to replace their current Guide Dog nearing retirement.  It costs $25,000 to breed and train each Guide Dog, so even if we reach our funding target it will only go part of the way towards meeting our funding needs for Guide Dog services," Karen said.

Guide Dogs Queensland's services include Guide Dog breeding, training and placement; community and professional education workshops; mobility programs for vision impaired and blind children; counselling by an on-staff psychologist and a variety of residential training programs including counselling retreats, holiday camps, Long Cane training and electronic travel aid training programs.  All residential programs are conducted at the Association's Bald Hills Complex where clients live on-site from one to four weeks at a time.  Additional programs are conducted on a domiciliary basis throughout Queensland.

Guide Dogs Queensland is urgently seeking volunteers throughout Queensland to help with their major annual 'Pawknock' appeal which runs from 1st - 14th March, 2005.

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