May 15 update from Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides:
The walk has moved to a virtual walk as we very much rely on this to continue with our mission to provide Dog Guides at no cost to Canadians with a medical or physical disability.
The Pet Valu Virtual Walk for Dog Guides will be taking place on May 31.
Original May 14 news release submitted by the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club:
With the announcement by Premier Ford that Ontario declared a state of emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the SSM Lions Club has decided to cancel the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides that was scheduled for May 31. Annually, this walk helps to raise, train and place service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability.
The Lions Club is also cancelling their 61st Annual Rose Day, usually held in June, which supports the Vision Screening Program in Sault Ste. Marie. Donations over the years have been made to the CNIB to purchase aids and devices and assist with vision screening and many other worthwhile organizations.
Even though we are disappointed that we are not able to move forward with this year’s Walk for Dog Guides and Rose Day, we look forward to holding these events again next year.
With regards to the 50/50 draw that was held on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Lions Place, Maarit Kinnunen won $3,000 (ticket #95). Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets, the proceeds were designated to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation.
The SSM Lions Club appreciates our past sponsors, volunteers and the community as a whole for its continued support. We will put health and safety first as we continue the important work we are doing as Lions.
About the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club
Some of the areas that SSM Lions Club support include Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, youth activities, health and welfare, sight conservation, Canadian Diabetes Association, hearing conservation, senior citizen housing and community betterment. They also operate the Pointe Des Chenes Family RV Park and Campground. The Lions mantra is of being “Knights of the Blind” as requested in 1925 by Helen Keller.