Meet Ella

Ella is the youngest Victorian to receive a Guide Dog. That means she will need many Guide Dogs in her life and each dog costs more than $50,000 to raise and train.

Fifteen-year-old Ella is our youngest Victorian to receive a Guide Dog.

Completely blind since birth, Ella wasn’t too sure about her Guide Dog, Marty, when they met last year. But now they’re best friends and ready to take on the world together.

Every gift helps people with vision loss to live independently.

Ella is certainly brimming with confidence now. She’s a huge country music fan and hopes to work in the music industry one day.

“I love to sing and play music,” she says with gusto. “I go to a country music night once a month – and last time I stood in for the keyboard player.

“Because I’ve worked extra hard on other senses, my hearing is pitch perfect. That’s how I can tell the difference between notes,” she explains.

Ella’s hearing is so astute, she can even sense which teachers have walked into a classroom by the sound of their breathing. “The teachers laugh and say, ‘how can you do that?’” she giggles.

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Each Guide Dog costs us more than $50,000 to raise and train. And we have an urgent demand for more Guide Dogs.

Ella says she’s had incredible support from Guide Dogs Victoria over the years. From the mobility instructors who helped her when she first started school, to the life changing experience of training with Justin and her Guide Dog Marty.

“I value the independence Marty has brought to my life,” she says.

Ella’s mum says the support from Guide Dogs Victoria is “absolutely amazing.” Ever since Ella was a little girl…“she’s never been ‘blind Ella’ but rather, a person who needs help to achieve her goals.”

We really do depend on the generosity of the community to help young people like Ella.