Manchester Charity Campaigner Rod Bond
Manchester’s veteran charity campaigner Rod Bond leads the sponsored half-marathon seeking to raise millions for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Manchester plays host to the half-marathon which will attended by hundreds of thousands. Charity campaigner Rod Bond said, “The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association enables people to live independent lives, while also providing a good quality of life to the dogs that carry out its work.” As a dog owner and pet lover, Rod Bond has supported numerous animal welfare charities through a range of events over the course of the last few years.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Founded in 1934, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides blind and partially sighted people with specially trained guide dogs that offer them support and grant them independence. Puppies are bred by the Guide Dogs Association itself, as well as volunteer brood female dog holders. A process of training commences when puppies are between 12 and 14 months old. A guide dog training programme last twenty-six weeks, with the final three to five weeks being spent with the owner under intensive training. Currently, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has 4,800 guide dogs supporting blind and partially sighted people. Furthermore, it employs 1400 staff and utilises 10,000 volunteers. The charity relies solely on donations, volunteers and legacy income.
Rod Bond Unites Manchester for the Sponsored Half-Marathon
In his latest charity campaign, tireless campaigner Rod Bond has rallied Manchester behind the half-marathon taking place in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. With the marathon’s course running across key locations in Manchester City Centre, local businesses, charities and celebrities have united behind Rod Bond’s unrelenting effort to raise millions for the Association.