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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Vermilion Lions Club To Host Annual Walk For Dog Guides


2022 Lions Walk for Dog guides. In the middle is Jimmy Cryderman. Photo Lorna Hamilton

The Vermilion Lions Club is set to host their annual Walk for Dog Guides event at the CN station in the Vermilion Provincial Park on May 28th. Sign-in will begin at 1 p.m., and the walk will start at 2 p.m. The event is a family and dog-friendly one, welcoming participants of all ages and abilities.

The Walk for Dog Guides raises funds to provide life-changing Dog Guides to Canadians with varying medical and physical disabilities, including canine vision, hearing, service, seizure response, Autism assistance, diabetic alert, and facility support. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go towards the training and placement of Dog Guides. Since 1985 Walk for Dog Guides have raised more than $21 Million.

According to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, the event has been carried out for more than 33 years, and the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides has been a vital national fundraiser in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. National events take place in approximately 300 communities across Canada.

Providing specially trained Dog Guides increases the independence, mobility, and safety of their handlers. The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides relies on the generous support of volunteers, donors, and partners to meet its goal of giving Canadians a new “leash on life.” Despite the approximate $35,000 expense it takes to raise, train, and place each dog, each eligible Canadian receives a dog guide at no cost to them.

“We have been doing the walk here in Vermilion for the past 12 years and have raised a substantial amount of money for the cause. I am very happy for all the help from Barry Clampit 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,” said Jimmy Cryderman, Lions Club member and organizer of the Walk for Dog Guides.

Cryderman stated that there have been people participating from Vermilion, Lloydminster, Mannville, and Dewberry over the years. If you would like to fundraise for the Dog Walk, you can contact Barry Clampitt at 780-853-1188 or Jimmy Cyrderman at 780-581-8432.

The Walk for Dog Guides is an essential event that helps improve the lives of Canadians with varying medical and physical disabilities. The Vermilion Lions Club are looking forward to the event and hope for a successful fundraiser to continue providing life-changing Dog Guides to those in need.

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