For the second year running, Guide Dogs WA has launched the annual fundraising campaign, Dining in the Dark, asking the community to host a dinner with friends in the dark or blindfolded.
Dining in the Dark will help raise funds for people with vision impairment, as participants are asked to donate to Guide Dogs WA what they would usually spend on a night out. A donation of just $40 can provide a Guide Dog with their leather lead.
Campaign Ambassador, Jarrad Seng, is an internationally renowned professional photographer, and will be hosting his very own blindfolded experience with his industry colleagues.
“As a photographer, I totally rely on my sight to be able to capture and share the world around me. Photography and film is something that overwhelmingly relies on using your sight to capture fleeting moments or create visually striking concepts.”
“I can’t imagine the difficulties faced by people with a vision impairment in pursuing their passions, let alone navigating through everyday life. I’m very proud to support the inspirational work Guide Dogs WA is doing to improve accessibility and mobility to the vision-impaired community.”
West Australians living with vision impairment face unique challenges in terms of long term health outcomes. They are three times more likely to experience clinical depression than that of a sighted person and have a higher rate of illness associated with low physical activity such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Mobility, independence and confidence are the the key to overcoming these challenges. A Guide Dog is a life changing gift that improves mobility and wellness by guiding their owner through the community and offering a form of companionship.
To understand more about the huge positive impact a Guide Dog can have on someone’s life, read about Ayesha Patterson’s story, who lost her sight at age five after a Redback spider bite. You can also donate to help her reach her fundraising goal.
It takes two years and costs over $35,000 to train a Guide Dog, and Guide Dogs WA is totally reliant on the support of the community to fund the Guide Dog program.
By hosting your own Dining in the Dark event during the months of October or November, you can help raise money needed to fund the breeding costs, food, veterinary care, training and ongoing assessment of Guide Dog puppies, as well as our other vital services for Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired.
Registrants will also go in the running to win a luxurious boutique dining experience in the comfort of their own home. Chef De Home have generously donated their services for the cause, and the prize includes a three course dinner for six people valued at over $825.00, and cooked by culinary expert and Head Chef, Ben Munro.
Visit www.dineinthedark.com.au to register your own event to raise much needed funds for Guide Dogs WA. Registrations are now open!
I will be hosting my own Dining in the Dark event at home with friends. I’m inspired by the work of Guide Dogs WA and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Dining in the Dark 2015. If you would like to donate, please head to my Everyday Hero page – https://dininginthedark2015.
At the media launch for this event, I participated in blindfolded cooking. I was lucky enough to be paired with Jarrad Seng to make some sushi. Even though we had a few laughs, it really brought home how hard a simple task, like making dinner for yourself, can be for a vision impaired person. The below image was after the blindfolds were removed and we saw what we had created!