For more than 60 years, thousands of South Australian residents who are vision impaired have received assistance from GuideDogs South Australia.
Now, 26 Specsavers stores in the state, including Specsavers Whyalla, have joined forces to raise money for the charity, united by a passion to help Guide Dogs SA continue to provide eyes and ears for members of the community.
From now until end of November 2017, all SA stores will raise money for Guide Dogs SA through the Specsavers Community Program, which sees stores donate a portion of all glasses sales to the charity.
Once the final figure has been calculated, the local store owners have pledged to double their donations to Guide Dogs SA from their own pockets.
A variety of other fundraising initiatives are planned, including a charity ball which will be attended by all Specsavers staff members in the state.
Guide Dogs SA aims to enhance the quality of everyday living of people in South Australia who are vision or hearing impaired.
To raise, train, and place a guide dog costs over $35,000, and Guide Dogs SA receives just 30% of funds needed from the government.
Guide Dogs SA relies on the generous support of the community to provide services to those in need.
Alix Katala, Guide Dogs SA Team Leader says, “We are very grateful to the Specsavers South Australian store partners and the generous support of their customers.
“Their donations will allow us to make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of people suffering sensory disabilities, who require a guide dog to go about everyday life without difficulty.”
Specsavers Whyalla store partner, Amy Clarke says, “We are thrilled to give our customers the opportunity to help us give back to Guide Dogs SA through the Specsavers Community Program.
“All of the money donated will be from our personal profits so we wanted it to go towards something we have a real passion for that directly benefits people in our home, South Australia.”