Today Tuesday 28th November is #GivingTuesday, a day of giving and charity to follow the super sales of Black Friday & Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday serves to remind people of the joy that giving can bring.

On this #GivingTuesday here is two simple ways to give!

Volunteer some time this #GivingTuesday!

One of the most prolific Volunteers Irish Guide Dogs has ever had, Phil Geoghegan has helped raise over €1 million for the charity over the course of the last 28 years.

Phil first got involved with Irish Guide Dogs in 1989. She saw a notice for a Dog Walk Fundraiser in aid of the charity and decided to bring her husband, Tom, and their two new Labradors along to the event and she has been involved ever since!

Read more about Phil’s time with Irish Guide Dogs here!

You too can help out and make a difference, volunteering an hour or two every now and again can really make a difference! Click here to see all the different ways you can volunteer today!

Lorna and her Guide Dog Max

I was born with a visual impairment, and as I grew up my vision grew worse until eventually I couldn’t see a thing. If you want an idea of what the world looks like to me, simply close your eyes. That’s all I see.

Lorna, her husband and Guide Dog MaxI was in constant fear of falling down a hole, or tripping over an unsecured piece of building material.

All of this grew too much for me. And it was affecting my relationship with my partner Brian too. He was wonderful about everything, but I hated being so reliant on him for lifts and such all the time. And so I applied for a Guide Dog.

Having a Guide Dog means that I’ve been able to do all the things with my kids you would normally do, and I’ve been able to go about my life without having to say no to this, that and the other. For me, having a Guide Dog means independence. I can live my life my way.

My Guide Dog is Max. He’s a real lively dog and he walks quickly just like me! Right now we’re all really looking forward to Christmas. Every year we head in to the GPO with the kids and we post off letters to Santa Claus. Then we go for hot chocolate with marshmallows. And then we join in the festivities of the lights being switched on in Dublin City Centre.

Of course I can’t see the twinkling lights. I don’t really know what Christmas “looks like”. But thanks to Max I can still be there instead of being stuck at home.

Sponsor Walker Today!

walker the puppyMY NAME’S WALKER. I’m a “puppy-in-training” Please will you help my Christmas dreams come true?

For my whole life all I’ve wanted is to be a PAWSOME SUPERHERO GUIDE DOG like Max. He’s my biggestest and bestestest hero ever in the whole world!

And I’d be the happiestest puppy in the whole universe ever if I could help someone like he does! I just can’t wait to become big fluffy hero protecting someone like Lorna.  Being her eyes and her friend and sometimes a nice big furry pillow too.

That’s my dream! So please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please…

…please, please, please, PUPPY-PLEASE will you help make it come true?

All you have to do is send a special Christmas gift.  If you do, I paw-promise that I’ll study really, really, really hard at all my lessons, and I’ll bone up in the library, and I’ll do everything my trainers ask me to do, and I’ll even stop biting my sister’s ears at meal times!

BOY! This is gonna be harder than I thought! Those things really get in the way, and they’re super nice to chew on.

Thank you so much for helping me become a hero! Love and Happy Christmas!

Love and Licks,