SEVEN recruits graduated from the Guide Dogs Training Centre in the Hawkesbury last week.
A guide dog is a recognised mobility aid that enables blind people to reach destinations faster and more confident by locating obstacles such as steps and crossings.
Public relations speaker for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Barbara Bonfield, who is legally blind, puts her total trust in her guide dog Samara with everyday living.
“Samara is my fourth guide dog and without their help I would not be as independent and confident as I am now,” Mrs Bonfield said.
“My whole life I have tried harder than what is expected, and because of that and the help from Guide Dogs, I have been able to cope with life, raise a family and become successful in my profession.”
The number of people experiencing vision loss is set to increase from 200,000 to 300,000 by year 2020.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT are helping more people who have vision loss and they hope to reduce waiting lists for assistance.
To donate, visit www.guidedogs.com.au