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Lions Club Looks Forward to In-Person Dog Walk Following Two Years of Virtual Events

by Shanine Sealey

The Martensville & District Lions Club is looking forward to hosting their 8th annual Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides in the community on May 29th, 2022. Doug Ward, Lions Club Secretary and event organizer, is especially excited this year, as they will be hosting a live event once again after the past two years were held virtually due to the Covid pandemic.

“The Lions Club, and especially me, are very excited to be going live again this year. I guess I am a people person and enjoy the personal contact,” Ward said.

Although a better option than cancelling completely, the virtual walk not only lacked the personal contact, it also brought in far less funds than the in-person events that had been held previous years.

“The virtual walk didn’t generate too much interest and raised less than 25% of the live walk event, but the Club itself raised over $4000 from recycling, which helped a lot,” Ward explained.

The Walk for Dog Guides will be held May 29th, 2022 and those participating will gather at the Lions Building, located on 6th Avenue South. Following the walk, a barbeque will be held under the gazebo that the Lions Club constructed two years ago in Lions Park, but have not been able to utilize due to the pandemic.

Each year, this event is held throughout communities in Canada to help raise money for the Lions Foundation of Canada, which is used to provide dog guides for individuals with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities at no cost to them. To date, this event has raised over $20 million.

Currently, the local Lions Club is waiting for two service dogs, a hearing dog and a special service dog, for individuals in Martensville. Due to the pandemic, there has been a delay in service dog training; however, Ward noted that the training facility is beginning to get back to normal and should be back in full swing soon.

“We will also be expanding our training facilities and will have a capacity for more than 300 Guide Dogs per year. Although Pet Valu supplies food, there are other training expenses and supplies that are needed on a regular basis,” said Ward.

To help raise as much as possible, the local Lions Club will once again be collecting recycling and donations can either be picked up or donated through SARCAN Drop & Go using the name Martensville Lions Club or customer number 057302053. To arrange for pickup, call (306) 491-8914 or (306) 290-6766.

To register visit www.walkfordogguides.com. You can also make a donation this way by either searching for a specific walker (Example: Doug Ward) or a team (Martensville & District Lions Club). All online donations can be made anonymous and receipts can be issued. Donations can also be made to Lions Club members, with receipts being issued for donations of $20 or more. Businesses are also encouraged to donate items to be used as door prizes or silent auction items.

Ward is hoping to make this year one of the most successful ones yet and encourages the community to get involved. “Help keep our Martensville walk in the top 20 in Canada and keep our Dog Guide program going!”

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