FROM GUIDE DOGS QUEENSLAND
Thanks to you, Jenny, Stacey and Brent had a place to turn to for support when they needed it most.
Anyone can experience vision loss at any time. It doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, lifestyle or location. It could be anyone at any point in their life. And for each individual, their journey is unique.
That’s why your support is so important. You make it possible for people with low vision or blindness to access personalised services. Whether it’s learning to move around safely, improving mental health through psychology services, making new friendships through Leisure and Lifestyle classes, or gaining the independence and companionship that comes with having a Guide Dog, your support helps people to achieve their goals.
Thank you for being there for Jenny, Stacey, Brent, and so many other Queenslanders who are now living life on their own terms, thanks to your support.
“Getting a cane opened up my world and I can’t thank you enough. With the white cane I am able to put my head up and navigate the world without fear of falling. I can go and do the activities I want to do with confidence, knowing I’m not going to get hurt. I’m now independent and loving life. Thank you.”
“I’ve been vision impaired since I was five years old. My sight is slowly deteriorating, so the last few years have been rough. I’ve been getting into some of the Leisure and Lifestyle programs and one of them has been yoga.
I found it to be incredible for my mental health and wellbeing. I have noticed more strength in my muscles in my legs, in my arms and I’ve noticed much better balance with my walking.”
“I’d just turned 16 when I was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, Stargardt’s Disease, commonly referred to as the young person’s Macular Degeneration.
I thought I could get through it on my own.
It wasn’t until after I became legally blind that I really started seeking support. I’d had a few close calls with traffic that really made me think I needed some help.
Since working with Guide Dogs, things have gotten much easier. I’ve been able to go to the places I want, when I want, and I’ve been able to do it safely. Without that support I don’t know where I’d be.
I can’t thank you enough.
Now I have Jaycee, my first Guide Dog. She has changed everything for me and can take me around. She’s my companion, always by my side. She’s more than my best friend. She a part of me now.
It’s no longer just Brent—it’s Brent and Jaycee.
The easiest way to explain life since having Jaycee is that I can just be a normal person now. I’ve never had anything like her whatsoever and she’s just amazing.”