In with the spirit of giving this Christmas; people can choose a gift that helps change the life of a person with impaired vision; by sponsoring a class of gorgeous Guide Dog puppies through the Pups with Promise club.
Pups with Promise club members will receive updates about their class for two years; detailing the training and adventures of the pups; until the point that they graduate as responsible guide dogs. Membership for the Pups with Promise club costs less than $5 a week.
The business of raising and training a guide dog is not cheap; it costs $26 000 to raise and train each guide dog but the difference it makes to the life of a person with impaired vision, is priceless. Guide Dogs receives no government funding and all services are provided to the community free of charge.
Paralympic gold medalist and guide dog user Lindy Hou lost her vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa more than 10 years ago. For the last five years Lindy’s guide dog Harper has dramatically increased her independence and mobility. She says “Having a guide dog not only gets me to places more easily, but it breaks the ice and allows people to feel comfortable conversing with me.”
“No one ever asked me the name or age of my white cane, but when I am out and about with Harper I find that people have no hesitation in approaching us to have a chat” Ms Hou said.
To give someone a Pups with Promise club membership this Christmas, phone (02) 9412 9300 or visit www.guidedogs.com.au