Joe fi­nally on the look­out for new best mate

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

HE’S been wait­ing al­most a decade for a guide dog, but the first thing Joe Pil­chowski wants to do when he gets his new eyes is to give back to the com­mu­nity that helped him.

Af­ter los­ing his sight more than 13 years ago, the Kir­wan man has been us­ing a cane to get around.

The for­mer cane farmer lost most of his sight through a tu­mour on his pi­tu­itary gland 14 years ago and is look­ing for­ward to be­ing as­sessed for a guide dog at a two-day Queens­land Guide Dogs work­shop from to­day.

The event will give blind or v i s i o n - i mpai r e d l o c a l s t h e chance to see what ser­vices are avail­able to help peo­ple stay safe.

Guide Dogs Queens­land re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices man­ager Bashir Ebrahim said the event in­cluded a low vi­sion clinic where peo­ple with low vi­sion could be as­sessed for train­ing and aids..

There will also be an in­for­ma­tion session for par­ents of chil­dren who are blind or have low vi­sion.

The clinic is free. To find out more, c o nt a c t Guide Dogs Queens­land on 4728 6922.

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