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Gifts for Guide Dogs

THE Claremont Girl Guides Hall will be packed with furry friends and a variety of stall holders when the Guide Dogs Tasmania Christmas Market is held on 6 December.

The market will feature about 30 stalls offering a variety of beautiful handmade products, dog accessories, plants, sweet treats, Christmas gifts, baked goods, and Guide Dogs Tasmania merchandise.

Guide Dogs Tasmania program manager Kim Ryan said the Christmas Market would raise funds for Guide Dogs Tasmania’s guide and assistance dog program.

“It costs more than $50,000 to raise and train a guide and assistance dog, and due to COVID-19 we had to cancel a lot of our normal fundraising events, so we’re having our own market to raise funds and awareness for guide dogs,” she said.

“We’re hoping it can also be a fun way to support local makers who haven’t been able to do many markets this year – they can come along, sell their wares, make a donation to Guide Dogs for having a stall there and have a really good day.

“We’ll have some puppies there on the day that people can pat as well.”

Guide Dogs Tasmania are hoping vendors will consider donating 10 per cent of profits on the day to its training programs, instead of a paid site.

“It’s $10 for the site and a donation of a gift towards the fundraising raffle on the day,” Ms Ryan said.

“All proceeds from site fees and raffle comes directly to Guide Dogs Tasmania to help us raise and train life-changing dogs right here in the state.

The Guide Dogs Tasmania Christmas Market will be held at the Claremont Girl Guides Hall at 5 Box Hill Road on Sunday 6 December from 10am to 2pm.

For those interested in holding a stall, email info@guidedogstas.com.au.