Two local men recently met with Roy Keane to mark Guide Dog Day which takes place on 1st May.
Killea man Laurence McDermott with Guide Dog Scamp and Inishowen man Kevin Kelly with Guide Dog Myles, got the opportunity to meet with Roy Keane at Irish Guide Dogs’ headquarters to mark the start of a major fundraising drive for the charity.
Kevin also interviewed Roy as part of the launch day, which will be released by the charity at a later date.
Laurence has had Scamp since June 2014 and said that the difference Irish Guide Dogs has made to his life has been immeasurable.
He said: “I did not have a life before getting a Guide Dog. Life is incredible now with my Guide Dog Scamp. The staff at Irish Guide Dogs believed in me and I am forever grateful for that.”
Kevin has had Miles since May 2008. H describes living with Myles as “inspiring.” Kevin’s philosophy in life is “get up and get on,” with Kevin a current member of the Ireland Blind Football team.
Currently Irish Guide Dogs supports 20 people in County Donegal; 10 use Irish Guide Dogs’ vision impairment services and 10 have an Assistance Dog from the charity.
Roy Keane met with Laurence and Kevin and other clients from around the country to launch Guide Dog Day, Irish Guide Dogs’ new national campaign which takes place on 1st May supported by Hills Dog Food.
Roy urges the public to support Guide Dog Day and text WOOF to 50300 to donate €4.
Irish Guide Dogs is 80% funded by voluntary income and donations so it relies on the public’s support to fund its services.
There are street collections and Tesco collections all around Ireland for Guide Dog Day this Friday.