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It's Red Puppy Appeal time from 1-3 April.

Please give generously either online at

or look our for the RNZFB volunteers in bright red vest in your local area holding RNZFB collection buckets.

The need for this year's Red Puppy Appeal has never been greater, with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB) providing urgent and ongoing support to over 1,200 blind, deafblind and partially sighted members affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

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"We are currently focusing a significant amount of time, resources and money to help our members and guide dogs affected in the Canterbury region," says Sandra Budd, RNZFB Chief Executive.

"We have over 1,200 members in the area, including 40 guide dogs owners, some of whose dogs will need retraining as their usual routes and routines have changed dramatically."

With the help of a RNZFB guide dog, those with little or no sight have greater freedom, confidence and independence. To become a RNZFB guide dog, puppies train for two years, pass 55 different tests and walk many thousands of steps.