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2012-11-07 15:25:44

Be Kind and Help the Blind

"Be Kind and Help the Blind" is the slogan that Ruzica and her MYP2 classmates inventively devised when preparing themselves for the humanitarian action introduced at the International Community Event held on October 24th and being continued on November 5th with an educational lecture by the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association Representatives.

Lucija and Kristina, the Association Representatives, emphasised the humanitarian role of the dog in the life of a disabled person, in which the dog is not only a means or an aid, but a travel mate and a witness to somebody's life and path to an independent life of equal rights. We have learned a lot about the lives of people with disabilities and the ways guide dogs help blind people to gain their rights to mobility and independence. We have raised our awareness about the need of exercising basic human rights - rights to self-reliance and independence of blind and other persons with disabilities.

At the International Community Event we collected 1.000 HRK and the international class representatives went to the post office to deposit the money into the Croatian Guide Dog and Mobility Association bank account for the Guide Dog Raising and Training Programme. This noble action was rewarded with the Certificate of Appreciation that was presented to our Principal. On behalf of all the students and teachers Amal, the MYP3 student, presented the Certificate of Appreciation to the guest speakers expressing our sincere thanks for their visit and interesting lecture.

After the lecture the students and teachers couldn't wait to meet Moris, the guide dog that patiently withstood all the cuddling knowing he had more important job to do. It was so great to meet a real animal hero because that is what the guide dogs are.

In the end we asked Gaspar, the MYP1 student who is taking part in the Guide Dog Puppy Raising, what kind of advice he would give to those thinking of raising a guide dog puppy. "Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility, but also a great joy. My advice would be to think of it as an opportunity to give love. We try to stay focused on enjoying the time we have with our puppy Lesi. Yes, it will end and it will hurt, but the outcome is worth it. "

Ina Tomic