YOUTH groups from St Bernard’s Parish, Upper Mt Gravatt and Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish, Coorparoo will sponsor a puppy for the next two years to help it become a seeing eye dog.
As part of the youth groups’ apostolic works program, the children were visited by three representatives from Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA), an organisation which provides dogs free of charge to blind and vision impaired people. They brought along with them three puppies, who were at various stages of training.
The puppies, mainly labradors and golden retrievers, are raised and trained to be a guide and friend to blind and vision impaired people. They provide mobility and security that might otherwise be threatened by everyday obstacles.
The money raised by the youth groups over the next two years will go towards the training and upkeep of a puppy, which will be trained and raised locally.
SEDA has special trainers who raise the puppies initially until they are about 12 months old and then they are sent to Melbourne for more intense training, before being matched with a blind or vision impaired person.
Youth group co-ordinator Jaye Barros said the children were amazed by the discipline and quiet natures of the three dogs that visited the two parishes.
For more information about youth groups at the two parishes phone Jaye on (0418) 454 516 and for information about sponsoring seeing eye dogs phone 1800 787 797.
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