Summer Concert Hosted by Arianne Singers Aims to help Dogs for the Disabled

By Seamus Whelehan

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The Arianne Singers Midleton

A Summer Concert in aid of Dogs for the Disabled will take place at St John the Baptist Church in Midleton later this month.  The benefit night is hosted by the Arianne Singers, a 6 member female group, under the baton of Anne Anderson.  The Charity gig will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 20 June and will feature every music genre, from classical to opera and popular music.

For over a decade the popular Charity Chorus have raised funds for worthy causes through their biannual recitals.   Choir Leader, Anne Anderson said “We usually look for a Charity which we think needs funds. We know a number of people who use the Dogs for Disabled.”   The Cork based voluntary organisation is dedicated to working with children and adults living with a physical disability.

Since 2007 Dogs for the Disabled have placed 200 dogs with a disabled companion, and there are a further 60 in training.   85 Per cent of the Charity’s clients are children aged 6-12 years with severe physical disabilities which affect every aspect of their lives, from independence to social interaction.  Providing families with a service dog can be difficult, says Margaret Guckian from Dogs for the Disabled.    “Training is a long process, as we train our dogs from puppies to make sure they are mentally and physically ready to work with the disabled child."

Operating without State funding, the waiting list for these dogs is almost as long as the length of service which they provide.  "The cost of training each individual dog is €15,000, with full support, and the Assistance dogs are provided to Applicants free of charge. These dogs will work until they are 10-years-old.  Currently the waiting list is 3-5 years."

Anyone wishing to help the charity can contact the group by email at info@dogsfordisabled.ie or by phoning 021-4316627

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