What does Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind do?
We are Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence. All our services are provided free of charge and more than 85% of our income comes from fundraising and voluntary donations.
How can I raise money for Guide Dog Day?
Get involved in one of collections or check out our other fundraising ideas here.
Do I have to do one of the suggested fundraising ideas or can I do my own thing?
You can do whatever you’d like to raise money for Guide Dog Day, just make sure it’s fun and safe! This year, we’re going green – so why not organise something green-themed? Please remember that we love our dogs and all dogs and we cannot support any events which in any way impact the welfare of any animals. If in doubt just give us a call on 021 4878 200.
Can my workplace get involved?
Yes check out our company giving page here.
Are there any health and safety requirements if I’m planning an active event?
Keep it safe
It’s your responsibility to ensure your fundraising event runs safely. We can’t accept liability for accidents or damage, even when that activity is run to raise money for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Carry out a risk assessment before your event or activity to ensure that everyone involved with your event – participants, helpers and spectators – stay safe.
Make sure that everyone involved with your event is aware of any potential risks and of any special requirements for taking part, such as fitness levels, training or specialist equipment needed.
Supervise your event properly – and take particular care if children are involved. Your event must be covered by insurance.
For details email GuideDogDay@guidedogs.ie
The legal bit
Before an event, you’ll need to:
Obtain all necessary licences, permits and consents for your event or activity.
If food is involved you must follow good food hygiene procedures and comply with food safety regulations.
Comply with any fundraising codes of practice relevant to your event. Find out more on the Charities Regulator website
Get permission from the owner before you collect on private property, including in shops and in pubs.
Speak to us before conducting any raffle or tombola.
Get a licence before selling any alcohol at your event (you may wish to get your local pub to organise the bar for you).
Get our permission to use the Irish Guide Dogs logo, images or other trademarks.
If you want advice, please contact us and we’ll be glad to help – call 021 4878 200 or email us at GuideDogDay@guidedogs.ie
Can I set up an online fundraising page?
Yes, you can set up a Facebook Fundraiser and encourage your friends to support Guide Dog Day! Click here to see our how to guide!
How long will it take for my pack to arrive?
If you asked to get your pack by post, you should have it within 10 working days. If you haven’t received your pack within that time, please email GuideDogDay@guidedogs.ie and we’ll look into it for you.
How much do I need to raise?
Every cent counts, so we are not setting any individual targets but it can be nice to set an achievable target so why not think of things like a Guide Dog Harness costs €50 or €100 will pay for a pup’s vaccinations and deworming!
How can I promote my fundraising activity?
Once you’ve planned how you’re going to raise money for Guide Dog Day, it’s time to shout about it!
You’ll find posters and a sponsorship form in your free fundraising pack.
Email friends, family and work colleagues, and share your story on social media using this hashtag – #GuideDogDay – to rally support and raise even more money.
Where can I get a Guide Dog Day pin?
They will be available online soon.