A very special Guide Dog graduation ceremony was held at Central Park in the Perth CBD on the evening of Thursday 20 September 2018.
In a break away from our usual graduation format, we chose Central Park to be the location for the graduation of seven Guide Dogs for the Blind and their handlers. The venue was already host to our first Pup Art Exhibition and it seemed a fitting way to bring the display to an end.
Seven Guide Dogs and their handlers, together with more than 200 sponsors, puppy raisers, boarders, family, friends & guests joined us for a special night of celebration, with old friendships rekindled & new relationships made.
A reception and official photocall for each of the partnerships kicked off the ceremony, which was hosted by local musician Howie Morgan.
There were a number of speakers throughout the evening and some Guide Dog handlers spoke about their journey to being matched with their dog – and what it meant to them and their families.
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Phil spoke at length about the path a dog follows on its way through the Guide Dog program, from puppyhood to becoming a fully-fledged Guide Dog or Autism Assistance Dog.
Long-term Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, Leanne spoke and gave an emotional and humorous insight into her life, raising several past and present Guide Dog puppies.
Graduation certificates and clay pawprint plaques were awarded to each of the partnerships by Guide Dogs WA Chairman, Debbie Schaffer. Sponsors, puppy raisers and boarders were presented with framed photographs of the dog they had supported through its journey.
The Graduating partnerships were:
- Johan & Guide Dog Jesmond
- Danny & Guide Dog Landy
- Greg & Guide Dog Memphis
- Jeremy & Guide Dog Nina
- Glenn & Guide Dog Obie
- David & Guide Dog Olly
- Lee & Guide Dog Wattle
We would like to pass on our thanks Howie Morgan Music, photographer Matthew Dwyer Photography & Central Park (skyscraper) for the venue & for hosting our Pup Art exhibition.
Our warmest thanks go out to our Volunteers Teresa, Debbie & Maddie and everyone else who gave up their time & energies to help everything go smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without you.
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