Founder and director of Perth Upmarket, Justine Barsley, has been a long-time supporter of Guide Dogs. In more recent times, she was the Puppy Raiser for Guide Dog Milo, who was successfully matched with a client earlier in 2016. She is on to raising her second puppy—seven-month-old Bella, and now, she’s got her eye on fundraising.
“At our upcoming Perth Upmarkets, you will find Guide Dog volunteers selling merchandise, shopping bags and also fundraising. There will even be a few puppies in training there to meet—including Bella!”
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 180 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. And now they’ve partnered with Guide Dogs WA with the aim to sponsor a special little puppy.
“We would love to raise $35,000 to fund another puppy in the Guide Dog program. I’ve seen first-hand the difference they make to someone with a vision impairment—and it’s good to aim high!”
“We heard feedback through our trainer that the lady who received our first puppy Milo, ‘felt like she was flying’ the day she first walked with him. That’s what it’s all about. That made me feel like what we are doing as a family was all worthwhile. Fundraising for another puppy will help someone else experience this freedom and independence too.”
So why not pick up some unique gifts for family and friends at the Perth Upmarkets?
Not only that, but you’ll be supporting local West Australian businesses, and you can feel good knowing you’ll join Justine on her journey to light up the life of a West Australian with vision impairment.
Upcoming Perth Upmarket Dates:
Sunday 26 March
Saturday 6 May – Special Wedding Upmarket!
Sunday 25 June
Saturday 26 August – Special Wedding Upmarket!
Sunday 17 September
Sunday 26 November – Christmas Upmarket!
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia