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     NEWS RELEASE

     27 April 2010

    Celebrating International Guide Dog Day 2010

    When I was born I didn‟t realise the special purpose that was ahead of me. Now as a grown up, I work for the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).

    I am an RSB Guide Dog. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of experts and volunteers who helped me graduate, I lead an exciting and purpose-filled life.

    On the day I graduated, I went to live with my new owner, Roz. I have changed her life dramatically.

    Roz is a 54-year-old mother of four, who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when she was just 21-years-old.

    Roz describes her vision as looking through a tiny pin-hole, so every day I assist her to get to work, hop on and off of buses, pick up groceries from her local shopping centre and most importantly, I am a companion she can trust to safely guide her through her daily life.

    “To me, the work of the RSB has not been life changing, it has been life saving,” said Roz.

Roz‟s RSB Guide Dog, Violetta, is just one of the RSB‟s many working dogs in

    South Australia. On Wednesday, 28 April, the RSB will celebrate Violetta and other RSB Guide Dogs like her for International Guide Dog Day.

    The RSB Guide Dog Service will be raising awareness on this special day in Rundle Mall at the Gawler Place Canopy from 11am until 2pm. Six RSB Guide Dog pups in training will be there to demonstrate a typical training session and the types of skills needed to guide a person with a vision impairment.

    Come and visit the RSB Guide Dogs in the Mall and see how they become working guide dogs in real-life training sessions. Their invaluable work assists South Australians who are blind or vision impaired live full and independent lives.

    Photo attached: Roz and Violetta enjoy time at home together: “Violetta is more than just my visual companion, she is also my buddy”.

     NEWS RELEASE

     27 April 2010

     thRSB 125 Anniversary DVD, The Vision to make a Difference, including Roz and Violetta‟s story, is available on request. Please contact Diana Swanson,

    details below.

Photo opportunities:

    11:30am First RSB Guide Dog training session 12:30pm Second RSB Guide Dog training session 1:30pm Third RSB Guide Dog training session

    For more information please contact: Diana Swanson

    Manager Marketing & Fundraising

    0418 712 320

    (08) 8223 6222

    dswanson@rsb.org.au

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