Big bark from top dog in fundraising drive

6 October 2020|Community News, Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Big bark from top dog in fundraising drive|

TASSIE shoppers are changing lives one coin at a time by donating to the much loved and iconic coin collection dog at Coles, with the Glenorchy store hosting one of the state’s ‘top dogs’ in raising money for Guide Dogs Australia in the past year.

Guide Dogs Australia has reached a $10 million national fundraising milestone, with Tasmanians having ‘fed’ the coin collection dogs with more than $244,000 in loose change since 1982.

To celebrate the milestone, Guide Dogs Tasmania’s ambassador dog Murphy visited the Glenorchy store to thank shoppers and team members.

The top stores also received some special vintage model dogs – some of them nearly as old as Guide Dogs Tasmania itself – which had been refurbished to get back on the job of collecting community donations.

Guide Dogs Tasmania community fundraiser coordinator Kristy Wright said she was overwhelmed by the support of Coles shoppers and was delighted to share this special piece of history with them.

“Thanks to the generosity of Coles customers and team members, we’ve been able to continue our work helping Tasmanians with disability live the life they choose,” she said.

“I’m thrilled to place the new coin collection dogs in the top Coles stores to keep part of our history alive for generations to come.”

Funds raised through coin collection dogs help support the breeding, raising and training of guide dogs for Australians with low vision and blindness including Anne from North Hobart, who had been using a cane for several years as her vision deteriorated.

“With the cane you found the obstacles, but with [guide dog] Billie, it’s so much more peaceful because she guides me around all those obstacles and so it’s much more affirming, much less stressful to walk with her because it’s more natural, more peaceful, it’s just ordinary,”Anne said.

Anne was initially daunted by the idea of learning to work with Billie, but with guide dog mobility instructor Kim’s support, she quickly learned to relax, and she and Billie have formed a very close bond.

“Having Billie makes the work feel much friendlier because before it was all about obstacles, whereas now it’s just about freedom,” Anne said.

Coles state general manager Mark O’Connor said Coles was delighted to have raised more than $10 million for Guide Dogs Australia.

“Everyone at Coles is extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with Guide Dogs Australia and we can’t thank our customers enough for helping us to reach this historic milestone,” he said.

“Our local collection dogs in Tassie have raised more than $10,000 this past year alone and our team members really love the difference they make in the community with every coin donated by our customers.”

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