In honour of World Sight Day, S A Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind held its first Senior Citizens Tea on 13 October 2016 under the Syringa tree at the training residence at Gladysat Gladys Evans Training Centre.
The day started with an introduction by Pieter van Niekerk, our Head of PR who handed over to our first guest speaker, Arlene van Huyssteen. She spoke about her journey as a persona person with low vision, how she has lived life to the fullest and used her knowledge of low vision to assist other people, who have lost their sight, to reach their potential.
Our second guest speaker was Melette Els, a Guide-Dog owner.. Melette spoke about the love that she has had for each of her special Guide Dogs and the joy that they have brought into her life.. She defeated the odds by doing anything and everything that society says she can’t do.
Gail Glover, our Executive Director gave a talk on Guide Dogs for people who are visually impaired, Service Dogs for physically challenged individuals, Autism Support Dogs for Autistic children. Gail also spoke about and our Puppy Raising programme.
Elizabeth Louw (Head College of Orientation and Mobility) spoke about the two year Diploma Course that the college offers. The diploma is ETDP Seta accredited and on completion, the Orientation and Mobility practitioners work in various communities to teach people who are visuallyare visually impaired the skills of daily living.
The programme ended with a delicious tea.
On behalf of S A Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, we would like to thank Arlene and Melette for sharing their experiences with us and a big Thank You to all our senior citizens who took the time to honour World Sight Day.