Guide dog gurus drop in

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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 D4Dreg­is­tra­tion or do­nate at


Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d467663

Leah Derooy with Bazza, Sky­dive Aus­tralia’s Der­ick Massey and Lau­ren Shep­herd with An­nie.

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