Hello Riders, Fundraisers, Supporters, and Sponsors! The 5th Annual Saskatchewan Lions Ride for Dog Guides has come to an end, and we were overwhelmingly successful in our goal of raising money, support and awareness for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide Training program.
This program breeds, trains and provides qualified applicants with a service dog that will tremendously increase their sense of autonomy and security free of charge. These animals are priceless to their owners but the program does need funding to operate. The Saskatchewan Lions Ride for Dog Guides is one of many initiatives that aims to support this program.
The organizers of the Ride are incredibly happy to announce that this year we were able to raise $10 000 for the Dog Guides program making our total in excess of $35 000 since our first year. We would like to thank the Lions Clubs of Saskatoon, Rosetown, Unity, Lloydminster, The Battlefords, Spiritwood, Shell Lake, Martensville, Wakaw, Prince Albert, McDowell, Rosthern, Southey, Cupar, Indian Head, Regina, Regina Beach, Moose Jaw, Lumsden and Bethune for coming out to show support to our riders along the over 2 500 kms of our province that our Riders travelled on our 5 days of riding.
Finally thank you to our Riders, many of whom travelled long distances just to join us and rode through the sun and the rain(and everything in between), the communities of Saskatchewan who came out to support us, Saskatoon Media Group and other media outlets that helped us get the word out, our corporate sponsors that helped us do the work that we do, and all of those within the Lions Organization that supported the Saskatchewan chapter of the Ride for Dog Guides.
Make sure to check out our Facebook page to see pictures from this year’s ride.
Ride Safe and See You Next Year!
Lions Megan Olson( Millennium ), Darrel Deck ( Bethune ), Tom Armstrong ( Millennium )
Lions Foundation of Canada- DogGuides has been operational since 1983. L.F.C. has provided specially trained dog guides at NO cost to people of all ages from coast to coast. Each dog guide costs approximately $20,000 to raise and train yet they are provided at no cost to qualified applicants.
The Lions Ride for Dog Guides is one of the events that raises money to support this program and in return supports the autonomy of those in our communities. Please take a look at the Links tab if you want to see a Rick Mercer Report done at the Dog Guides Training Facility in Oakville Ontario.
This event is not territory specific and all donations go directly to the Foundation through our committee similar to Dog Walks, no Lions Club in particular gains from this activity. This effort is headed up by a committee that understand how important this service is to those in need. We remind Lions clubs, we are unable to forward your Life Membership requests or Dog Guide donations for the purpose of sponsoring a Service Dog for your club.