Paul lost his eyesight at a young age, and he had to go through it alone.
Eventually Paul reached out to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and now has his Guide Dog Keith by his side, keeping him safe and giving him independence. But Keith’s not just a mobility aid, he’s a companion and his best friend.
Paul’s 12-year-old son Noah is losing his sight too. He doesn’t have a Guide Dog like Keith yet, but he will need one in the future. While he doesn’t have a ‘best friend’ like Keith to guide him yet, Guide Dogs has always been there for him since he first started to experience sight-loss at the age of four.
Teaching him how to use a cane, how to navigate to school and even helping him with his passion of riding BMX competitively.
Your support will allow Guide Dogs NSW/ACT help Noah and others like him to start their journey towards freedom and independence.
How your donation helps the blind and visually impaired?
Without your help we won't be able to support people who are blind or visually impaired. Our services increase independence and reduce the impact of sight loss.
Guide Dogs are an important part of what we do, and they are life-changing companions for people who are blind or visually impaired. In addition to this, we offer a number of other services.
Your donation will help us to provide:
Mobility training for people who are blind and visually impaired
Training and care for Guide Dogs
Development of high quality low vision aids such as magnifiers and monoculars
We provide these services to people like Paul and Noah across NSW and the ACT. Your donation helps people who are visually impaired achieve a bette quality of life, and helps us to provide the tools and training they need to live independently.
How you can claim a donation on your tax return?
Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible but you must make your donation by June 20 to receive your tax benefit this financial year.
Why donate to Guide Dogs?
At Guide Dogs NSW/ACT we provide assistance to anyone with sight loss, no matter what your age or level of vision. While training Guide Dogs is an important part of what we do, our goal is to ensure that for people like Noah, we build confidence and offer a sense of security.
Guide Dogs are a very important part of what we do, but they are one of many ways that we offer support. Everyone's experience with sight loss is different, depending on age, condition and other circumstances, so we provide a variety of services to:
Improve the quality of life for all who are blind or visually impaired
Increase the independence of our clients so that they can carry out day-to-day tasks without difficulty
Provide companionship and emotional support to people living with behavioural, emotional and mental health conditions or physical disabilities
The number of Australians living with sight loss will reach 500,000 in 2020. When you make a tax-deductible donation to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT by the end of this financial year, you can help ensure that no-one has to face sight loss alone.
About 5% of our funding come from Govenment funding and we are financially dependent on the generosity of the people of NSW and the ACT to continue providing these life changing services.