A pair of dog walks on Sunday by district Lions clubs fetched funds for the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides training school in Oakville, Ont.
Here in town, the Fort Frances Voyageur Lions Club hosted its 13th-annual “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides” along the La Verendrye Parkway, raising $703—although the club topped up the amount to $800.
Despite some confusion about the event start time (the actual registration time was at 11 a.m., with a start time at noon, while the “Walk for Dog Guides” website and posters said registration was at noon, with the walk starting at 1 p.m.), it drew eight pooches and about 20 people of all ages.
“We're happy with what we got,” organizer Gaby Hanzuk told the Times, adding participation was about the same as last year.
“We may have been little bit affected by the other club [the Emo and District Lions Club] having it as the same time as us but it is what it is—it all goes to the same place,” she reasoned.
The top fundraisers here were Emily Jerry, who brought in $178, followed by Bryson DeGagne, who not only raised $130 but also won the prize for being the “Youngest Walker" and having the "Youngest Dog.”
Clifford Hatfield was the third-highest pledge-getter, bringing in $99.15.
As noted, a second “Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides,” organized by the Emo and District Lions Club, was held later Sunday afternoon starting at the Emo fairgrounds.
Despite the muggy weather and a spot of rain, that club's inaugural effort proved very successful, drawing 22 people walking eight dogs and raising a grand total of $1,473.
Some $680 was raised in pledges—an amount matched by Aurora Wind Feeds Ltd.
The final total then was boosted by a further online donation and the sale of some “Walk for Dog Guides” merchandise.
The Marr family won a prize bag for raising the most in pledges ($270).
“Our number-one goal was to get awareness [of the dog guide program] through our area and we got to chat with some people on the way, so we met our goal,” said organizer and Aurora Wind Feeds Ltd. owner Jo Woolsey.
“As far as the Lions are concerned, I believe they're 100 percent behind doing it again,” she added.
“We'll make sure we will if the manpower is there.”