Jenny, Ciara and Sarah (Mount Temple Transition Year Students) with some of the guide dog pups!!
Click on the photo gallery tab above to see pictures of our Hector's Hey Day Coffee Morning!! It was a great success. We had great community support and a visiting 5th class from the Girls Belgrove National School who had been selling Shades pins in school. The children all bought beautiful lilac flowers from the plant stall run by Bernie and Mary.
The atmosphere was wonderful, with a great mix of people chatting and of course all the guide dog puppies in training who were brought along by their Volunteer Puppy Walkers got lots of attention. There were plenty buying Guide Dog merchandise and fabulous plants and many people just sitting down, relaxing and enjoying the coffee and fresh buns.
Some of the children and teachers that came from Belgrove National School to support our coffee morning.
We also had a tremendous amount of help from the staff of St Gabriel's Parish Community Centre; many great friends, Olwen, Carol, Carolyn, Debbie, Lucy, Frances, Caroline, Bernie and Mary to mention just a few. Also, 3 Mount Temple Transition Year students came along and helped to sell the raffle tickets. We got a very generous donation from RTE 2's Breakfast with Hector's Show of a night for 2 in any D4 Hotel in the country. Maire Brennan from Mount Prospect Avenue in Clontarf won the 1st prize. There were numerous beautiful hampers of goodies very kindly made up and donated by Margurite O'Brien for the raffle. Even the coffee being served was was donated by Starbucks and made up by the queen of coffee making, Miranda Pheifer.
Some of the supporters enjoying a chat and some yummy fresh scones!
Olwen, Carolyn (Hector's Tuesday minder) and Lucy having a well deserved cup of coffee after all thier hard work serving, making tea and tidying up.
Anna Giblin (centre) with her daughter, left and Suzi Walsh at their stand where they sold little knitted dogs all in aid of IGDB.
It was a little sad when we officially said goodbye to our Northside Puppy Walking Supervisor Suzi Walsh who has worked with the Guide Dogs for well over 2 years. I know we are all going to miss her but we will be keeping in contact.
Best of luck Suzi in what the future has to offer you, you have the potential to go far!!
After a successful morning, which started with baking and included an interview on 2fm on "Breakfast with Hector", we're all overjoyed to have raised €2,500 for IGDB. If you'd like to listen to the interview where I give godfather Hector an update on his 'adopted' pup Hector, simply click here,
and scroll down to the Podcast of the show on 6 May: Part 2 (08h00 - 09h00), and forward to 22:07 on the timer to get to our interview on the show!
Thanks to godfather Hector for supporting our cause and reminding people to donate and support puppy Hector as well as download our screensaver at www.guidedogs.ie