Supporting Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Whitewater Shopping Centre continue to partner with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and wish to remind everyone to support them especially this year as fundraising efforts are curtailed as a result of lock-down .

In their bid to raise funds to support the training of assist dogs Irish Guide dogs have expressed their gratitude for the continued support of Whitewater Shopping Centre. This follows on from Whitewater’s very successful partnership with Irish Guide dogs in recent years.

In 2018 a campaign which supported the training of a Guide Dog from birth to placement with a client was extremely successful. Henry shadow Lucky’s progress was communicated via social media so customers could follow his progress through training & growing. To the delight of all in Whitewater he made the grade (some puppies are not suitable candidates) & was placed with a client who regularly drops into Whitewater now for a visit & is a familiar face in the Centre.

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence.

Ingrid Ryan, Manager of The Whitewater Centre said, “We would like to thank all our customers who have helped to support this wonderful charity & the training of Guide Dog, ‘Henry shadow Lucky’. We look forward to welcoming shoppers to help support the training of another puppy who will hopefully go on to help a family of a child with autism.”

A note from John Burke, Corporate Partnerships Manager with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind:

“Huge thanks to Ingrid Ryan and everyone at the Whitewater Shopping Centre for supporting Henry shadow Lucky’s training and agreeing to continue their support with the training of another Assistance Dog. We passionately believe that everyone in need of a Guide or Assistance Dog has the right to access our services and it is our supporters and partners who make this possible. Of the €5.5 million required each year to run the organisation and facilitate the needs of each of our Clients, our partners and supporters work with us to raise more than 85% of that funding. They change lives all over Ireland every day with their commitment and generosity. From playful puppy through two years of professional training, on to client and family integration we rely heavily on sponsorship and fundraising to deliver our services. Our partnerships with Whitewater has helped to raise brand awareness and vital funds.”

Whitewater Shopping Centre & their customers have raised €35,000 to date. Huge congratulations to Newbridge Volunteers Philomena and Tom Geoghegan who are regular attendees at Whitewater Shopping Centre & have been instrumental in raising much needed  funds for Irish guide dogs in the Newbridge  and surrounding areas