Leahy’s Open Farm Support Irish Guide Dogs With Christmas Campaign

By Jordan McCarthy

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Leahy’s Open Farm have been helping out the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind each and every Christmas for the past six years – and this year is no different.
The team at the Dungourney-based facility are again raising funds for the charity, through their 2017 Christmas campaign. This time of year is a particularly busy one for all at Leahy’s - with the visit of Santa Claus - but, they have also been actively spreading their message of festive goodwill; to support those in need.
Speaking to the East Cork Journal, Teresa Leahy of Leahy’s Open Farm said; ‘‘we have been doing this for at least six years now, if not more. We know John (Shanahan) well and we know that the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind need funding. John is in and out here and we have collection boxes around the place. There are signs up as well, encouraging visitors to support the charity. We will have an official presentation after Christmas. We are doing the Christmas appeal with around six years but I think we actually have a Guide Dogs’ collection box here with over fifteen years.’’
John Shanahan from Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind added; ‘‘Leahy’s Open Farm and Irish Guide Dogs are proudly linked together. Donal Leahy and his wife Teresa always support us every Christmas.’’
Irish Guide Dogs is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are visually impaired. They also help children with autism. The charity’s aim is to enable people to lead better lives, become more independent and more mobile. You can find the organisation’s Headquarters and Training Centre located on the Model Farm Road in Cork. More information on how to support Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is available at www.guidedogs.ie

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