Guide dogs get Gawler support

THE Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) received over $5700 from its Gawler Auxiliary when it held its annual general meeting and fundraising cheque presentation on Monday.

The local auxiliary group has been raising funds to support the work conducted by the RSB in the northern suburbs for over 46 years, and held its 2018 AGM at the Gawler Sport and Recreation Centre on Monday.

RSB donor liaison officer Judy Williams was on hand to receive the cheque, covering all of the Gawler Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts from the past year.

“The support that has been provided consistently by the Gawler Auxiliary for so long directly benefits people who are vision-impaired,” Ms Williams said.

“These funds enable the RSB to provide specialist services or purchase aids, which would not otherwise be easily accessible or available.”

RSB Gawler Auxiliary president Margaret McDonald thanked the Gawler community for its ongoing support.

“Over the years, the Gawler public has been very generous with their donations,” she said.

“I’d also like to thank all those businesses that host a coin unit for donations.

“It’s greatly appreciated by those who receive the benefit and makes a world of difference to them.”

Also in attendance at Monday’s meeting was Valli, a new guide dog puppy in training.

Trained by RSB Gawler Auxiliary members Paul Koch and Margaret Crohn, Valli is 10 weeks old and has just started her journey to becoming a guide dog.

She has already been out and about in Gawler, and is growing in confidence every day, according to Mr Koch.

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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