A guide dog has been inducted into Builth Wells Rotary Club as an honorary member.
Farley is a golden retriever and guide dog for the blind.
Farley is matched to his carer, Heather Gethin, who is visually impaired. Heather’s husband Nigel joined the Club in 2022 and has been very involved with helping to fundraise for guide dogs for the blind.
When Rotarian Richard Davies suggested that Farley should be conscripted into the ranks of the Club, as an acknowledgement of Nigel and Heather’s dedication to the charity, the members were quick to get behind the idea.
Presiding over the event at the Greyhound Hotel was Rotary President, Ciaran O’Connell, who presented Farley with his certificate of honorary membership and a Rotary Badge, to be proudly worn on his harness.
Guide Dogs Cymru’s representative, Ruth Evans, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager for Wales, was also present and received a cheque for £500 from the past Rotary President, Baden Powell. The cause was his nominated charity during his term of presidency.
Ms Evans then delivered a talk describing the work of the charity, reporting that the cost of training one guide dog was over £54,000. Guide Dogs Cymru provides life-changing mobility services to adults, children and young people throughout Wales, who have sight loss.
Ms Evans then thanked Builth Wells Rotary Club again for their support.