Lions Club hosting fundraiser for dog guides

The Lions Club is hosting a fundraising walk that will surely be an enjoyable stroll for all, including the four legged among us.

Participants gather at one of the hundreds of Purina Walk for Dog Guides events across the country. The Lions Club will be hosting a walk in Golden on May 25.

Participants gather at one of the hundreds of Purina Walk for Dog Guides events across the country. The Lions Club will be hosting a walk in Golden on May 25.

The Lions Club is hosting a fundraising walk that will surely be an enjoyable stroll for all, including the four legged among us.

The Purina Walk for Dog Guides will take place on Sunday, May 25 and will begin at Spirit Square. The walk is a national fundraiser that helps train guide dogs for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. Events have taken place in more than 200 communities across Canada, but this will be the first event in Golden.

“We hope to make this an annual event. The need is definitely there,” said Lions president Wayne Clark.

Funds will be raised through pledges and a raffle for a pair of large stuffed pooches, who are now on display at The Golden Star’s office. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Star for $2 each or three for $5.

Pledge sheets are available from the Lions Club for those interested in helping raise money.

Clark sees this as a critically important cause. Anyone in need of a guide dog can contact the Lions Club and they will help facilitate that process.

The club is also looking to hold a charity relay walk from Golden to Fort Steele in the near future that would likely involve other Lions Clubs in the region. That event, however, is still in the very early planning stages.

Registration for the Purina Walk for Dog Guides will start at noon with the walk beginning at 1 p.m. The exact route hadn’t been decided at the time of publication, but it will take place on the Rotary Trails around town.

Clark believes the walk will last about an hour and hopes to be able to provide refreshments following the event.

“We hope that people will come out and enjoy it,” Clark said.