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Meet some inspirational fundraisers
Get your school involved like Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC)
PLC Sydney has been actively fundraising for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT since 1962 and raised over $500,000 – what an achievement!
In recent years, they set up their Annual Pet Show which has seen the donations continue to grow – in 2014 they raised a total $14,000. This annual event also forms part of the school's service learning program for Year 9 students. The program helps the girls learn about the challenges that a person who is vision impaired faces and encourages them to raise more funds to support these people.
“The students run the entire event themselves, from cold-calling businesses for donations to organising stalls, competitions and entertainment. It's a wonderful learning experience for the girls, and reflects the College's emphasis on providing practical service to others," Pet Show Student Organising Committee Coordinator, Mrs Knapman said.
Take on a challenge like Daniel
Daniel is a Guide Dog Handler whose partnership and continued independence with Guide Dog Frodo inspired him to take on a challenge – participating in a 500km bike ride from Bathurst to Wodonga!
At the age of 16, Daniel developed a rare eye condition, Leber’s Optic Atrophy, which left him legally blind. While he has some peripheral vision, he cannot make out faces and the world he sees is a blur.
Despite his vision loss, Daniel continues to enjoy his sporting talent and adventurous streak. Now a qualified Physiotherapist, Daniel manages a busy schedule attending to clients with sports injuries, chronic pain, workplace injuries and disability.
In early 2017, Daniel’s employer Flexout Physiotherapy was approached by client (and Guide Dogs Australia Partner) Mars Petcare to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary by riding 500km from their Bathurst plant to their Wodonga plant. As an avid tandem bike rider, Daniel jumped at the chance to get involved.
"I am incredibly grateful to be part of a supportive workplace and to work with a fantastic group like Mars that understands the role Guide Dogs play in helping people like myself to live full, independent lives,” Daniel said.
“I know how helpful Guide Dogs have been to me, so I welcomed the opportunity to give back and help them continue to provide services at no cost to anyone who needs them."
While Daniel didn’t ride the full 500km, he and Flexout Physiotherapy were an integral part of the Mars team who collectively raised over $13,000 to help others living with sight loss enjoy the freedom and independence that Daniel enjoys.
More information about community fundraising
If you are interested in supporting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT in your fundraising event, please get in touch with our Community Fundraising team on (02) 9412 9300 weekdays 9 am to 5 pm or email fundraising [at] guidedogs.com.au