Guide dogs help – even a premier

2015-10-20 06:00
Premier Helen Zille walks blindfolded and guided by guide dog Oregan and instructor Cheryl Robertson in a parade of guide dogs at the World Sight Gala Dinner in Newlands.

Premier Helen Zille walks blindfolded and guided by guide dog Oregan and instructor Cheryl Robertson in a parade of guide dogs at the World Sight Gala Dinner in Newlands.

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The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) and Lions International have celebrated Cape Town’s first marking of World Sight Day.

The gala dinner at the Kelvin Grove ballroom recently raised funds to train a guide dog. One of the highlights of the evening was witnessing provincial premier Helen Zille being blindfolded and guided by guide dog Oregan and a GDA instructor, Cheryl Robertson. They led a parade of guide dogs, dogs in training and puppies with their owners up onto the stage.

World Sight Day is an annual day to focus attention on blindness and visual impairment. It was launched by Lions International in 1998. Local Lions clubs have supported the Association for many years already.

Guests were entertained by Sonja Kruse, known as the “Ubuntu girl”, as keynote speaker and the Glenn Robertson Jazz Band. Môreson wine farm, which also supports the Association, supplied the wine for the evening.

Teagen Schwerin, a regional coordinator, says donations made at the gala dinner exceeded the target to raise enough funds to cover the cost of R80 000 to train a guide dog.

For more information on the SA Guide-Dogs Assoc­iation for the Blind contact them on 021 674 7395.

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