Guide dog gurus drop in
TO celebrate National Volunteer Week, Victoria Parkbased Guide Dogs WA staff, volunteers, supporters and clients are taking the plunge and skydiving from more than 4.2km above Rockingham Beach on May 13.
Among the skydivers are three guide dog users and Guide Dogs WA chief executive Dr Clare Allen.
Kaylene Brennan received Guide Dog Willow in 2011.
“I lost sight in my right eye when I was 23 due to diabetic retinopathy, a rare complication for diabetes sufferers,” she said.
“Two years after losing vision in my right eye, I lost vision in my left. At this point I was forced to step away from a career I loved as a primary school teacher.
“Thanks to the generous support of the community I received much-needed services in my local area, including training with my wonderful guide dog Willow.”
The skydive will raise money for the training of the next generation of guide dogs. Ms Brennan is encouraging others to join her for the skydive.
“It’s an amazing job these dogs do,” she said.
“They change a person’s life and Guide Dogs WA rely on fundraising to make it happen.”
With less than eight weeks until the big day, Ms Brennan has already smashed her $2000 fundraising goal and hopes to continue in the lead-up to the jump.
To register for the skydive, visit http://bit.ly/ D4Dregistration or donate at http://bit.ly/D4D-2017.
Visit www.guidedogswa. com.au.
Leah Derooy with Bazza, Skydive Australia’s Derick Massey and Lauren Shepherd with Annie.