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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Lions Club Gears Up For Annual Walk For Dog Guides Event

2023 Dog Walk. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The Vermilion Lions Club is once again gearing up for its annual Walk for Dog Guides event, scheduled to take place at the CN station in the Vermilion Provincial Park on May 26th. Sign-in for the event kicks off at 1 p.m., with the walk officially commencing at 2 p.m. This eagerly anticipated gathering is a day of family fun, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities, including furry companions.

The primary objective of the Walk for Dog Guides is to raise essential funds to provide life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians grappling with various medical and physical disabilities. These indispensable companions cater to a spectrum of needs, including canine vision, hearing, service, seizure response, Autism assistance, diabetic alert, and facility support. Notably, every dollar raised during the event will be dedicated to the training and placement of these remarkable animals.

Since its inception in 1985, the Walk for Dog Guides has emerged as a beacon of hope, raising an impressive $21 million to date and facilitating over 3,000 life-changing partnerships between Canadians living with disabilities and their faithful Dog Guides. At present, there are 1,062 active Dog Guide teams scattered across Canada, a testament to the profound impact of this initiative.

According to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, this cherished event has been an integral part of communities for over 34 years, with the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides serving as a cornerstone fundraiser in support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Nationally, these events unfold across approximately 300 communities, showcasing the widespread support for this noble cause.

The provision of specially trained Dog Guides significantly enhances the independence, mobility, and safety of their handlers, underscoring the transformative power of these partnerships. The success of the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides hinges on the unwavering support of volunteers, donors, and partners, all of whom play a pivotal role in affording Canadians a new “leash on life.” Remarkably, despite the considerable expense—approximately $35,000—to raise, train, and place each dog, eligible Canadians receive their Dog Guides at no cost.

Jimmy Cryderman, a dedicated Lions Club member and organizer of the Walk for Dog Guides, expressed his gratitude towards the Vermilion community for their unwavering support over the past 13 years.

“We have been doing the walk here in Vermilion for the past 13 years and have raised a substantial amount of money for the cause. I am very happy for all the help from Barry Clampit over the years and the members of the Lions Club in organizing the walk. I am also thankful for all the supporters that come out each year; this dog walk is very special to me,” Cryderman shared. He further noted the participation of individuals from Vermilion, Lloydminster, Mannville, and Dewberry, highlighting the event’s regional significance.

For those eager to contribute to this worthy cause, fundraising opportunities are available. Interested parties can reach out to Don Good 780-853-2220 or Jimmy Cryderman at 780-581-8432 to explore fundraising options.

The Walk for Dog Guides stands as a beacon of hope, fostering tangible change in the lives of Canadians grappling with medical and physical disabilities. As the Vermilion Lions Club eagerly anticipates this year’s event, hopes are high for another successful fundraiser, ensuring that life-changing Dog Guides continue to enrich the lives of those in need. Please note that anyone with or without a dog is welcome to attend.


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