What’s so special about ‘Wally’?
Well, first you need to know about Sahar.
All it took was a split second, and Sahar’s world was no longer recognisable.
Can you imagine waking up one morning, going about your day as usual, when suddenly catastrophe strikes, uprooting your entire world?
This was the reality for Sahar, when her daily commute ended in disaster, and the rapid loss of her vision.
Sahar spent six months in hospital in a coma. When she woke up, she opened her eyes to a different world.
“I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. When I woke up, my vision was blurry. I kept rubbing my eyes, trying to get them to focus and they wouldn’t,”
At the time, Sahar was living in Israel, when the public transport she was on was involved in a targeted bombing.
If this year has taught us anything, it is that we never know what the next year, week, or even day will bring. With your support, we can be there for Queenslanders when life takes an unexpected turn, just like it did for Sahar.
A guide dog will give Sahar the independence and security she deserves. Sahar has been on the waiting list since 2018 and with your support we can find her perfect match.
This Christmas, we are asking for your support to give Sahar her guide dog.
Can you help with a Christmas gift today?
Sahar was just 23 years old, preparing to take on the rest of her life when she lost her vision.
Extraordinarily, there was another condition already developing in Sahar’s nervous system that she didn’t know about. This extremely rare condition called CMT type 5 would have ultimately impacted her vision. However, in just one, short devastating moment, the incident on her commute fast-forwarded her vision loss.
“I could have had many more years of perfectly useable vision, but the incident took that time away from me.”
Sahar’s rare condition means that her vision has continued to deteriorate over time and may continue to do so. It has also caused progressive hearing loss, meaning Sahar is now both deaf and blind.
“My biggest challenge is that people doubt my abilities because I can’t see properly or hear properly,”
But Sahar is not someone to underestimate.
Being the incredible woman she is, Sahar was determined not to let her vision loss stop her from living her life to the fullest. A self-confessed adrenaline junkie, she loves roller coasters, especially Dreamworld’s famous Giant Drop.
She is also very generous, supporting her community by regularly volunteering for a local charity.
But Sahar says her greatest achievement is being a mother to her beautiful little girl.
Finding the perfect guide dog for someone is a meticulous process.
So many things must be matched perfectly – walking pace, temperament, stamina, just to name a few. Dogs are a bit like humans in that they all have different personalities and different strengths and weaknesses.
We are excited to share that we have the perfect guide dog to team up with Sahar, but we need your help to raise the funds to make this happen.
Guide dog ‘Wally’ is ready to take on this very important role.Donate now
“When I met Sahar, I knew that ‘Wally’ would be perfect for her. ‘Wally’ has a beautiful personality, and not only is he an amazing guide dog, he’s also a devoted, loyal companion,”
– Mel, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Why Sahar needs her guide dog
As her daughter grows up, their family needs will continue to evolve as well. This was the reason Sahar decided that a guide dog could really change her life. So, she reached out to Guide Dogs.
“I have been using a cane but I feel ready for a guide dog. I want more for my life and my family ? more freedom, more independence.”
Sahar exudes such strength and confidence and is an incredible role model for her daughter. We know that we can help her feel even more confident and empowered to navigate her world safely and be the best mum she can be.Donate now
“Sahar is a strong woman and mother! I’ve seen her work well with her cane. But I can see the potential a guide dog has to provide more freedom and join her on her everyday life adventures with her family,”
– Mel, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor
Your support truly makes a world of difference
It costs $50,000 to breed, raise and train each guide dog, and with 90% of our funding coming from community support, we need your help to take ‘Wally’ through the final stages of his training and partner him with Sahar.
Will you help make this partnership a reality in time for Christmas?
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We are on hand to help you with any questions you may have.