Help More People Like Yvonne By Making A Tax Saving Donation
“I first knew something wrong when I was driving, I couldn’t see the white line any more. Before this, life was good. Me, my husband Phil and two kids lived on a 100 acre farm, raising Merinos. I did everything – shearing, drenching, butchering…I even helped fight the ’83 bush fires. I’d drive the kids to school, they were 4 and 5 when my sight started to go. I went to a specialist in Melbourne who diagnosed Retinitis Pigmentosa. He said I would lose my sight and never get better. The darkness came quickly. It felt like just a few days. One minute I could read and drive OK. The next I could no longer do everyday things. I had falls in the street, and slipped down steps.
I felt I had completely lost my independence.
I became very depressed…but then you have to pick yourself up, and find ways to cope. My memory took over. Phil would drive me places, read to me and help me with all the things I could no longer do. He even did the cooking. The children had to learn to do a lot for themselves. As I lost my independence, they gained theirs. That’s what I miss most - my freedom. I have to rely on others now. got the cane 20 years ago but the biggest danger is things not at eye-level like fallen branches.
A Guide Dog will help avoid those dangers.
My Phil passed away last year from very aggressive throat cancer, even though he’d never smoked. Being on my own made me think about a Guide Dog as without Phil, things became a lot harder. Now I’m on the Waiting List for a Guide Dog. I hope to go to my grandsons christening and Perth in September, so it will be great to have a Guide Dog with me. I can’t wait to go shopping on my own. Having a Guide Dog will make me feel safe and secure in crowds and traffic. I know it costs more than $35,000 to train a Guide Dog, funded by donations from people like you. Your kindness gives a person like me independence, for me that’s priceless - the most precious gift of all.”
We now have 33 people like Yvonne on the waiting list to receive a Guide Dog. By making a tax deductible donation this end of financial year (EOFY) you can help more people with sight loss gain back their independence and freedom. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible but you must make your donation by June 30 to receive your tax benefit in July.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
ABN: 52 000 399 744