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30 November, 2016

Join the Coffs Harbour Support Group

Two women in orange Guide Dog shirts holding a donation tin in the city at Christmas time

Get in the spirit of giving and volunteer

This festive season, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is calling on the community of Coffs Harbour to get in the spirit of giving and join the local Guide Dogs Support Group.

The group helps with local fundraising activities around Coffs Harbour to raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. The money is used to provide free services to enable people who are blind or vision impaired get around independently, so they can live the life they choose.

“It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog,” said Jeremy Hill, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Regional Manager.  

“As we receive less than 2 per cent of our funding needs from the government, we rely on the public's generosity to fund our services, which are all provided at no cost to those who need them.”

Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with uncorrectable vision loss, including nine who become blind. Over the past year, Guide Dogs has responded to over 300 requests for services from Northern NSW residents with vision loss. Services include training in how to safely get around using long canes, Guide Dogs and electronic travel aids, such as talking GPS.

“With the demand for Guide Dogs’ services increasing due to growing numbers of people having trouble getting around as a result of vision loss, we’re incredibly grateful for our volunteers. They are the lifeblood of our organisation,” Mr Hill said. 

“This Christmas, we hope local residents might be inspired to join us in our efforts to help more people with vision loss receive these life-changing services.”

Volunteers are sought to help prepare and run fundraising stalls, including preparing raffles, selling tickets and talking to interested community members about the work of Guide Dogs.

For more information about how you can support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT call the Coffs Harbour office on 6652 7424.