60 years of changing lives
International Guide Dog Day – Wednesday 26th April
Guide Dogs Victoria will celebrate providing 60 years of Guide Dog services in Australia, this International Guide Dogs Day (April 26th 2017). An afternoon tea on the Government house lawn – hosted by Governor Linda Dessau – will see Guide Dogs, pups and staff gather to thank the volunteers who have worked so tirelessly over the years to change the lives of Victorians with vision loss and blindness.
Our iconic dogs will also be featured on a celebratory tram that will run in Melbourne from mid April to mid May, thanks to our partners Public Transport Victoria.
International White Cane Day – Saturday 15th October
This year we also celebrate the start of formal Orientation and Mobility Services in Australia, which originated right here in Victoria, with a special client event to take place at Harbour Town, in conjunction with our Dialogue in the Dark public education installation and sensory experience. Orientation and specialized discipline that teaches people how to assess and use their position in the environment, and move through the environment safely and with confidence, has changed the lives of thousands of adults and children – whether or not they have also had Guide Dogs. The White Cane is a simple and low cost tool that, with the right training, provides independence to people with low vision and blindness the world over.
As the most fitting end to our celebratory year Guide Dogs Victoria will host a special 60th Birthday Christmas party for all our clients and their families.