By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

Myrtleford Times - - News -

RAIS­ING AWARE­NESS: Vi­sion Australia re­mote oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Melissa Cun­ning­ham said An­gela, a Vi­sion Australia am­bas­sador, en­joys rais­ing aware­ness about low vi­sion. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

MEET Vi­sion Australia’s cutest staff mem­ber.

An­gela, a three year old golden Labrador, has worked for Vi­sion Australia as an am­bas­sador see­ing eye dog in North East Vic­to­ria since De­cem­ber last year.

She was a com­pan­ion dog for clients with early on­set de­men­tia be­fore she re­tired due to a mi­nor health con­di­tion and started in her new role as an am­bas­sador.

An­gela sup­ports aware­ness for the blind and those with low vi­sion at events and speak­ing en­gage­ments through­out the North East.

She also raises aware­ness by vis­it­ing pub­lic spa­ces such as shop­ping cen­tres and pub­lic trans­port.

An­gela will at­tend ‘Sight, Sound and Get­ting Around’ events in Wan­garatta, Wodonga and the Ovens Val­ley in Oc­to­ber to mark Vic­to­rian Se­niors Month.

Melissa Cun­ning­ham, Vi­sion Australia re­mote oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist, said An­gela al­ways en­joys spend­ing time out of the of­fice.

“An­gela ab­so­lutely loves go­ing to events,” she said.

“We take her to schools and the kids re­spond re­ally well to her... she is good for teach­ing them about low vi­sion.”

See­ing eye dogs Australia is the only na­tional breeder, trainer and sup­plier of see­ing eye dogs.

For more in­for­ma­tion about see­ing eye dogs go to www.vi­sion­aus­tralia.org or phone 1300 847 466.

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