Big hearted dog lovers joined with Specsavers Ópticas to help raise €1,325 through a virtual dog walk.
Hundreds of people took part in the charity event to support the important work of the ONCE Foundation for Guide Dogs (FOPG). The charity breeds and trains guide dogs, so they can be placed free of charge with people who have severe visual impairment in the community, enabling them to live the fullest lives possible.
Nerea Galdos-Little from Specsavers Ópticas Marbella, praised the public for their generosity and also thanked her colleagues across all nine Specsavers Ópticas stores for their efforts during the fundraising campaign.‘We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in this fundraising campaign and donated. This is a great step towards raising the €5,000 we have pledged to donate to FOPG at the end of the year. We will continue to collect money in the stores for the rest of the year and would appreciate any donations in the collection tins in our stores on the Costa del Sol”.
The virtual dog walk took place between 26 April – 2 May, to coincide with International Guide Dog Day (April 28) Walkies! Virtual dog walk to be held for charity. As part of the campaign, guide dog user Daniel Lahitón (pictured with David Bradshaw from Specsavers and Irene Garcia from ONCE) explained why it is so important to be able to have his guide dog Gracie. ‘They act as our eyes and give us so much independence,’ he explained. ‘I would love it if many more people could have access to a guide dog, as it really has changed my life and I couldn’t live without her. Before I depended on my wife and my children so much, but now I am independent and I wish that many more people could have the same opportunity.’