Vi­sion to help

IT costs $30,000 to train a see­ing-eye dog and Guide Dogs WA pro­vides many ca­nine helpers ev­ery year. The Vic­to­ria Park-based or­gan­i­sa­tion will hold its an­nual street ap­peal in the city to­day.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A KELPIE bor­der col­lie cross named Beau was the first ever Aus­tralian guide dog to be trained.

In 1952, he trav­elled all over the coun­try with his blind owner Elsie Mead to pro­mote guide dog mo­bil­ity.

Now more than 60 years later, guide dogs are a well-es­tab­lished en­tity mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence in many peo­ple’s lives.

To cel­e­brate their work, the Perth CBD will come alive with furry rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Guide Dogs WA to­day for 2016 In­ter­na­tional Guide Dog Day.

Guide Dogs WA, based in Vic­to­ria Park, will host its an- nual street ap­peal from 7am2pm in the city.

Guide dog users, puppy rais­ers, and hun­dreds of vol­un­teers and staff will fill the CBD with a sea of orange, with lots of dogs around in all stages of train­ing.

A range of em­ploy­ees from the or­gan­i­sa­tion, from vol­un­teers to the chief ex­ec­u­tive, will be shak­ing tins to col­lect do­na­tions.

A spokes­woman for Guide Dogs WA said they were urg­ing in­di­vid­u­als to bring cash or coins with them.

“Many peo­ple only carry cards and then re­gret not hav­ing a dol­lar or two to drop in,” she said.

Guide Dog Luna will be among the furry helpers in Perth.

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