BRAY company Whitewater presented a cheque for €2400 last week to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
CEO Mark Keating went on a 2,000km charity trek of the Balkans in 2015 along with his faithful dog Padjo. Last year Pajo and his “wife” Coco had pups. Mark ensured that the new puppies went to good homes, and the funds to sponsor a guide dog were raised from the sale of the pups.
The amount collected has sponsored Padjo Parsons who is now six weeks old. On completion of a year’s training he will go to support someone whose vision is impaired, or to a family of a child with autism, and he will provide life-changing services.
Mark’s Padjo, Coco and their pup PJ often visit the Boghall Road office. Staff say that this makes the workplace more relaxed, productive and an enjoyable place.
“When the dogs come in you have a sense that they are giving you unconditional affection and make you smile” said a spokesperson for the company.
Mark plans to continue annually with a culture of giving and helping charities where they can, with ongoing works for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and other organisations.
In their trek four years ago, Mark and Padjo took in Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Corfu, Macedonia and Belgrade, raising more than €12000 for the Institute of Oncology in Belgrade, and St John’s Ward in Crumlin.
* Originally published in the Bray People newspaper on April 3, 2019