Weekly Coffeehouse goes to the dogs

Golden Retriever Xaria and her trainer, Dennis Molloy, both from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — Winchester Open Mic Night will be welcoming the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) to The Old Town Hall in Winchester, this Thursday, November 22.  Along with its classic sixties-style format of musicians, poets and comedians, the gathering will feature a special presentation by Dennis Molloy about the organization and the vital work it does.

“Our open mic is proudly inclusive and always open to service dogs,” says Ann Brady, coordinator of the weekly coffeehouse. “We wanted to do our part to help support Canadian Guide Dogs and its clients and wonderful dogs. Dennis will be bringing along their signature Christmas cards for purchase, and we’ll be donating all proceeds from our canteen that night to the CGDB.”

Based in Manotick, the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is largely run by volunteers, receives no outside government funding, and relies on donations from the public and fundraisers throughout the year.  Specially screened puppies are fostered and trained by volunteers like Molloy, to assist people who are blind or have visual challenges.  To learn more, visit  www.guidedogs.ca.

This special event starts at 7pm at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main Street in Winchester, ON., and is open to all ages. Admission is free.

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