More than 210 dedicated West Australians took to the Perth CBD on Wednesday 26 April, celebrating the incredible gift of Guide Dogs – and the freedom and independence they provide.
Determined volunteers donned bright orange T-shirts as the sun rose, moving to the streets to shake Mini Dog collection containers and selling brand new Guide Dog merchandise to the excited passers-by.
For the first time, the Nova 93.7FM Casanovas joined the stall in Murray St Mall, and the troupe from the 501st Legion – Desert Scorpion Squad donned their Star Wars costumes and used the force to collect donations.
Working Guide Dogs and pups in training of all ages – from 4 months to 2.5 years – used the day as a great training exercise, and together with their Users and Puppy Raisers they helped to teach the public about Guide Dogs.
On the day, the volunteers and teams shared messages to inspire locals:
“Any change you can spare will make a change for so many. Thanks to your support, every individual who receives a Guide Dog has their lives transformed for the better. We couldn’t do it without you!” – Catherine, a regular Guide Dogs WA volunteer.
This year, the Department of Mines took up the corporate challenge after one of their staff members, Eric, was matched with a wonderful Guide Dog of his own in late 2016. The team of 16 were stationed all across the CBD and secured the winner’s title for the most funds raised – at over $3,000!
The goal was to raise funds to help train more Guide Dogs in WA, and we’re thrilled to reveal our wonderful volunteers collectively raised more than $31,120 for Guide Dogs! This is a monumental effort from everyone involved, and we are so grateful for the generous support of the West Australian community.
See you next year!