I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, so to celebrate International Guide Dog Day on 26 April 2017, I’ll be Abseiling down one of the Perth City’s tallest buildings – QV1!
I lost 98 per cent of my vision to a genetic condition when I was 15 years old. I remember the exact moment when I knew something was wrong. I was crossing the street near my school, and I noticed that buildings and signs in the distance were blurry. After a few weeks, I couldn’t read anything on the whiteboard. And then it got to the point where I couldn’t even see my teacher. I very quickly lost my independence because within 10 weeks I was legally blind.
I was trained at VisAbility and Guide Dogs WA to use a white cane, and in 2009, I was matched with my amazing Guide Dog, Presley. Presley has opened up my world. I’ve chosen to fundraise for Guide Dogs WA because they have invested so much in me, and I want to show how much I appreciate getting Presley as a Guide Dog. I also want to highlight the benefits of having a Guide Gog and how helpful Guide Dogs WA is to people with vision impairments. It is my way of giving back to Guide Dogs WA.
Please help me raise $5,000 to help train more Guide Dogs. I hope to give someone else the same freedom and independence I’ve been gifted with Presley.