The chief executive of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind has appealed for public support for its Laois branch ahead of the upcoming church gate collection.
Mr Padraig Mallon said Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in the Laois has worked for many years for the charity.
“Led by Dick Connell and Jim Delaney, George Percy, Michael Costello, a committed group of volunteers have worked to raise funds in order that vision impaired persons and families of children with autism living in Laois will have access to the life changing services provided by Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“Their work and that of countless others across the country is crucial to us being in a position to train over 200 people annually and to provide support to many hundreds of service users across the country.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the people of Laois in supporting Dick and the volunteers over the years and we hope that this will continue as the group set out on their activities for 2014,” said Mr Mallon.
The first fundraiser of the year is the countywide Church Gate collection on the weekend of January 11 and 12.
This is the 38th year for Irish Guide Dogs has provided services. Mr Mallon said the charity is grateful to have had the trust and support of the people of Laois and the opportunity to help many people in the county and the region.