Community
Published: November 06, 2017
Community
Published: November 06, 2017

Colorful Paws at KNGF Geleidehonden

Continuing to uphold the great work and growing reputation of Colorful Communities™, the fantastic team from Amsterdam and Uithoorn, where PPG has Architectural Coatings and Protective and Marine Coatings facilities, came to support their communities, this time in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

The KNGF Geleidehonden (The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation) is the largest and most popular guide dog training facility in the country. It is also our Dutch Charity Partner. This foundation trains guide dogs for visually impaired people and for people with other handicaps such as young children with autism, physically handicapped people in wheelchairs and people with PTSD. These dogs play more than supportive role in their owners' lives.

Staff at the KNGF site were grateful for the 50 proud PPG volunteers who arrived on site. Peter van der Heijden, Acting Director of KNGF welcomed PPG staff saying that:

The very necessary paintwork that you will be carrying out for us today in the client rooms, kennels, medical detection room and sheds as well as on the benches and play equipment is priceless.

One key element of KNGF is its 'hotel rooms', where clients come and stay at the site to learn how to work with their dog. These rooms received special attention from our PPG specialists who decided to use easy-to-clean paints on walls and door frames, keeping the future maintenance costs low for the charity. Work was also carried out on the garden including sheds, picnic tables, wooden benches and door frames as well as specialist rooms indoors such as the medical detection room and a kennel.

Overall, the amazing team of volunteers used around 180 liters of SIGMA COATINGS™ paint products. Including the bio-based wall paint Sigma Coatings Air Pure paint, which removes up to 70% of formaldehyde from the indoor air.

KNGF Geleidehonden and PPG celebrated their collaboration with a morning gathering with pastries and cakes. Volunteers were able to meet the people who benefit directly. Together, they enjoyed the day which included a barbecue, happy dogs and their trainers, and the unveiling of the commemorative Colorful Communities™ plaque.