Baking for guide dogs

by Ann van Engelen

Bakers at schools, clubs and the general public are preparing to host Bikkie Day parties to help fundraise for the life-changing service of the Blind Foundation Guide Dogs across the country on Friday, July 26.

Bikkie Day is the chance to bake and buy some delicious biscuits while supporting the life-changing guide dog service, which is entirely funded by charitable donations.

“Our guide dogs have big roles, and the positive impact they have on the people they support who are blind or have low vision is priceless. We couldn’t do it without the generous support of the public,” says Blind Foundation Guide Dogs operations manager Wendy Mellberg Haecker.

“Last year more than 1,135 bakers from all over New Zealand raised more than $100,000. We hope you join us in supporting Bikkie Day and raising the dough for guide dogs.”

It takes nearly two years and a significant investment to raise and train a guide dog and is only possible thanks to the kind and generous support of the public and dedicated volunteer puppy raisers who teach them the ways of the busy world we live in, and training and support from specialist trainers.

Sixteen-year-old Tristan-Perry has low vision himself and raised $1,169 for Bikkie Day 2018.

“Be courageous and believe that your little gift of fundraising will help someone who needs it more than you know,” says Tristan-Perry.

“I used social media and email to call on friends and family to help fundraise online and baked bikkies for all my generous donors. I had no idea my fundraiser would take off so quickly.”

To join the Bikkie Day community and get support from the team and other bikkie bakers, and share your favourite recipes, decorating tips, and fundraising ideas register at bikkieday.org.nz.