Updated April 2, 2022
Local Organizers Inviting Everyone to Register, Fundraise and Participate!
Ajax and Whitby Lions Clubs – The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is the biggest fundraiser for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which provides Canadians with a medical or physical disability a Dog Guide at no cost to them. This year, many organizers are hoping to hold their Walk in-person on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with a virtual option still available for those who prefer.
“A Dog Guide makes such an incredible difference in the lives of people who need their service,” says Ajax and Whitby Lions clubs. “It’s a great feeling to know I could be helping someone in my town or anywhere across Canada.”
Now more than ever, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is relying on the generous support of its donors and partners to meet its goal of giving Canadians a new leash on life.
Caroline, with Hearing Dog Guide Gracie, knows how life-changing a Dog Guide can be:
“At home when I take my cochlear implants off, I used to feel vulnerable living on my own, but with Gracie, I feel safe. I sleep soundly each night knowing that if the fire alarm ever went off, she would wake me up and save my life. I no longer worry when I’m out walking by myself. Gracie makes me feel safe and gives me independence. She’s my best friend, companion, and security guard all wrapped up in one.”
Ajax and Whitby Lions Club – host an in person event May 14, 2022 at Ajax Rotary Park, 177 Lake Driveway W, Ajax, On – registration at 9:30 am, walk at 10:00 event finishes 12:30 pm.
How to Participate?
Join our local walk by registering at: walkfordogguides.com
Be sure to log your kilometres so that together, we can help our mascot, Buddy, travel across Canada to raise awareness about Dog Guides and fundraise to assist Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides in providing life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians with disabilities.
About Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is a national charity that was created by the Lions of Canada. Its mission is to empower Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing a Dog Guide at no cost and supporting them in their journey together.
Since 1983, Lions Foundation of Canada has been providing specially trained Dog Guides to men, women and children from coast to coast. LFCDG is the only school in the world with 7 distinct and unique programs. In addition to training Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired, Dog Guides are also trained to meet the needs of Canadians with hearing, medical and physical disabilities, epilepsy, autism, diabetes and for professional agencies assisting people in traumatic situations.
All Dog Guides and required training, including transportation and accommodation, are provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Lions Foundation does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of fundraising events like the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides.
One in five* Canadians 15 years of age and up are living with one or more disabilities, and more Canadians are seeking the services of a specialized Dog Guide. This demand is only expected to increase over the coming decades as our population continues to grow and age.
*Source: Statistics Canada 2017
For more information, contact:
Ajax and Whitby Lions Club contacts:
Sara Crocker (Ajax Lions Club Chairperson) – tel# 905-686-2130 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Elliot (Whitby Lions President and Co-Chair – tel# 289-404-9286 email@example.com
Updated Nov 14, 2021
Ajax Lions Club