60 years of changing lives Guide Dogs Victoria – Taking the lead since 1957

2017 marks the Diamond Jubilee for Guide Dogs Victoria and Guide Dogs Australia. All through the year we will be celebrating the last 60 years by sharing stories, moments, achievements and memories of clients and staff, past and present. As well as 60 years of our iconic Guide Dogs, it’s 60 years of developing unsurpassed Orientation and Mobility services, and 60 years of expert, uniquely qualified practitioners. It’s 60 years of teamwork – staff, public, client, dog; changing the lives of thousands of people with low vision and blindness by enabling them to get where they want to go and lead the lives they want to lead, independently and safely.

Puppy eating cake with birthday hat for 60th birthday

60 years of changing lives Key Events

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.

Christmas 2017

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.

Tram covered in artwork for Guide Dogs Victoria 60th anniversary

60 years of changing lives Get your commemorative lapel badge and newspaper

All our clients, volunteers and donors on our mailing list will receive a 60th Anniversary Commemorative newspaper and lapel pin in the post over the next couple of months, as a thank you for their role in our organization. If you are not on our donor list but would like to join, and receive this exclusive memorabilia then please sign-up below. Alternatively, you can purchase these items from our volunteers at Victoria Market on International Guide dog Day, and Harbour Town on International White Cane Day, with all proceeds going to support Guide Dogs Victoria.

60th anniversary commemorative newspaper

60 years of changing lives Newsletter

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