Lending a guiding hand

28 July 2017

HealthShare NSW and eHealth NSW employees have raised an amazing $28,000 for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

The fundraising efforts are part of a drive to raise $35,000 to cover the cost of raising and training a puppy to become a guide dog or an assistance dog.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT provides a variety of supports to people who are blind or vision impaired that increase independence, minimise the impact of vision loss and build confidence for further education, employment and social participation.

To support the work of this very important charity, employees from across HealthShare NSW and eHealth NSW participated in a range of fundraising activities including a ‘Spot the Puppy’ photography competition. Staff were invited to purchase an official guide dog soft toy and take a photo of their new companion in their workplace.

Other fundraising activities have included, morning teas, special day events such as Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day, raffles, guessing competitions and book swaps.

Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with uncorrectable vision loss. Of those, nine will become blind. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is just one of a small number of charities in Australia working to support members of the community who are visually impaired.

For further information on Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, please visit the Guide Dogs NSW/ACT website.

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