South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) in association with Lions International celebrated Cape Town’s first World Sight Gala Dinner on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at the esteemed Kelvin Grove Ballroom.
This important event was well attended by the public and corporate sector that thoroughly enjoyed the programme. One of the highlights of the evening was witnessing Premier Helen Zille being blindfolded and guided by Guide Dog Oregan and GDA Cape Town’s Senior Mobility Instructor, Cheryl Robertson as they led the parade of Guide Dogs, dogs in training and puppies up onto the stage with their owners.
The aim for the evening was to raise enough funds to cover the full cost of R80, 000 to train a Guide Dog. We are delighted to announce that we exceeded the target with the pledges received from the guests.
Lions International was the headline sponsor for the event with World Sight Day being an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and visual impairment. World Sight Day was launched by Lions in 1998. Lions are known around the world for their services to the visually impaired. For nearly 100 years Lions have worked to improve the lives of people who are visually impaired. Local Lions clubs have supported GDA for many years by contributing to the costs of Guide Dog training, and are delighted to be in support of this prestigious Gala event.
Guests were entertained by the very well received Mike Wills, our Master of Ceremonies, Sonja Kruse known as the ‘uBuntu Girl’ as our keynote speaker and the sounds of great jazz by The Glenn Robertson Jazz Band.
The ballroom was a spectacular sight thanks to Okasie with their unique, one of a kind styling and exquisite flowers generously supplied by Oak Valley Estate.
Guests enjoyed a decadent three course meal and the wine sponsor and one of our biggest supporters of the Association Môreson Wine Farm supplied the wine for the evening.
Thank you to all the sponsors and to our guests who supported the event.