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JCI Reading’s Charity of the Year for 2012 is Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. JCI Reading were so impressed by the work Guide Dogs do throughout the UK that in January this year we decided to aim to raise £5,000 this year – the cost to name a Guide Dogs puppy. We hope to name our puppy “Jaycee”.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has been training guide dogs and working with blind and partially sighted people since 1931. Over the past 81 years, they have assisted over 29,000 people with sight loss in regaining their independence.
Today, Guide Dogs is the world’s largest breeder and trainer of working dogs and currently have responsibility for 8,000 dogs – 4,500 of these dogs are already fully qualified guide dogs in partnerships with owners throughout the UK. Guide Dogs are aiming for 6,500 partnerships by 2020.
Throughout 2012 JCI Reading have organised various events and attended several Guide Dogs events in order to reach our target by 2013.
This year we have organised a sell out pub quiz in Reading, all proceeds of which, including the raffle, went to our Guide Dogs campaign. Following our success, we ran a second hand book stall at a local festival and organised a sponsored Go Walkies event for members of JCI Reading and the public to walk their dogs for sponsorship. Our walk was led by local retired guide dog, Oatey!
JCI Reading members have also been collecting second hand items such as clothing, books, CDs, books and other bric a brac, selling them at car boot sales and online.
We also have a number of plans ongoing for raising funds – a book launch for a member’s short story book, a children’s fun day and even a craft sale. At least one of our members is also planning a sponsored run next year too!
The campaign will go on until we reach our £5,000 target and who knows what over volunteering and fundraising events our members will become involved in for 2013.
Finally, in October/November, we will be organising and running a sight loss awareness evening with the help of Guide Dogs. We hope to not only raise money for Guide Dogs but also raise awareness of guiding techniques, the training of guide dogs and the fantastic work they do on a day-to-day basis.
Article written by Lynda Harwood and Clare Franklin (Members of JCI Reading)