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Marita is a mum of two who wants the freedom, safety and independence to bring up her children.

When Ryan, Marita’s husband, experienced walking blindfolded with a Guide Dog, he understood how crucial a Guide Dog was to keep his wife safe.

Marita, now 34, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa 17 years ago. She has tunnel vision and cannot see a thing at night. Her vision has worsened to the point that she is now legally blind.

“When I was 30, it hit me. I’d become a mum of two and I couldn’t drive my children anywhere anymore. Taking them to the shops, to school or to birthday parties took a lot of planning, time and effort. I had to plan for things other mums wouldn’t even give a second thought.”

Marita will have to wait for months before a dog is trained and matched to her, but knowing that we can start the training today will give her hope and confidence in the future.

A Guide Dog will give Marita the independence, safety and pace of life she requires to travel, work, and look after her young daughters.

A Guide Dog will help Marita live her life the way she wants to – and not be limited by her vision impairment anymore than she has to.

“As my eyes get worse and my kids get older, I find that I’m having to make the transition from the white cane to a Guide Dog. I need to be able to move as freely and as quickly as possible. I understand my limitations but I still want to do everything I can to make life as normal as possible for my children.”

Walking to school is a three kilometre round trip. Using a cane for that much distance can be taxing for Marita, especially with two young children to look after. Marita’s daily, essential trips would be so much quicker and safer with a Guide Dog.

Marita has been working with Orientation & Mobility Instructor Vicki for a number of years and has recently started the transition from a white cane to a Guide Dog.

“A Guide Dog is going to allow me to be more independent. When I had my trial walk, I realised how quickly and safely Guide Dogs move.

It would be hard without an organisation like Guide Dogs. To think there’d be no one to help you with a white cane or a Guide Dog. It would be hard to leave the house, to have a life.”

It would be hard without friends of Guide Dogs like you. It costs about $35,000 to breed, raise and train each Guide Dog. Without your support, we can’t provide mums like Marita with a trained Guide Dog.

Please make an donation today so we can train more Guide Dogs. Mums like Marita rely on a Guide Dog for the safety and independence required to bring up their children and lead a fulfilling life. Thank you!

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