Energia staff fundraising results in the training of 36 new guide dogs

More than €33,000 raised in a year for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind charity

David Baker
by David Baker on 3rd July, 2014

More than €33,000 has been raised for two leading Irish Guide Dog charities by Energia staff in the last 12 months. The efforts of employees of the energy provider have benefited both Guide Dogs Northern Ireland and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The fundraising has been helpful in ensuring that 36 new guide dogs will be trained this year.

For 2013/14 Energia chose Guide Dogs as their Charity of the Year, and since then the company’s staff have been involved in a wide range of fundraising activities.

In Belfast, Energia’s 24 Hour Race saw a total of 132 miles being run by Team Energia. Other events the fundraisers took part in included abseiling, firewalking, and letting their facial hair grow. Pup-cake coffee mornings were organised, and voluntary work was also carried out by staff of the gas and electricity supplier.

One of the most notable fundraising efforts was by an Energia Renewables employee, who completed The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), a marathon in the Alps.

The proceeds

The money raised through the various events will be split between the two Irish Guide Dog charities. Blind and visually impaired people are helped by the guide dogs provided by Irish Guide Dogs, while the charity also provides autistic children with assistance dogs.

Many other types of training services are also available from the charity, and all are designed to give people greater independence and to help them become more mobile. All the services are available to the public for free.

Business Markets Manager of Energia, Alan Mulcahy, said of their chosen charity, “We chose to support Irish Guide Dogs because they do such amazing work changing people’s lives.”

The charity’s Corporate Fundraising Manager, Rose O’Dea, spoke of how “thrilled” the charity was to have received such a big donation, and how it would help in improving people’s lives. She added, “a massive thanks to all those who took part in the fundraising activities. They’ll be glad to know that the funds raised will help in training of 36 new guide dogs over the coming year.”

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