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Survivor Celebrity Supports SA Guide Dog Association

22 May 2010 No Comment

by Johannes A Snyman

The South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind hosted an awareness day at the Irene Mall on Saturday, April 17.

Noel Midlane, communications officer for the Corporate Fund Development, said that they are very lucky to be chosen by Celebrity Survivor, Garth Collins for supporting them in the fund raise for the association.

The day included fun activities for children throughout the shopping centre.           Individuals were being blindfolded and guided by their partners to perform certain tasks at various locations in the green and dog friendly shopping centre.

Dog trainers also gave some of the contender’s lessons as how to handle guide dogs and how to communicate with the trusted animals.

The SA Guide Dog Association for the Blind does not receive any subsidiary from the government and give these highly trained dogs to blind people for only R5, even though it costs them R58 000 to train a dog.

“We are very thankful towards Garth Collins because even though he got hurt and left the reality show in an early stage, he nevertheless carried out his commitment toward the SA Guide dog Association,” Noel said, adding that they were fortunate enough to get well known artist, Dewaldt Smit, who is blind as well, to perform with a few songs.

Various prizes including a brand new car were up for grabs and most people, after seeing the struggling blind folded contestants, gave a second thought to the challenges of the blind.

Riva Schoeman and Andrew Sorril of Jakaranda 94.2

Garth Collins and Friedel

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