Sharon and Guide Dog 'Sally'
Sharon and Sally standing together
Sharron with her Guide Dog ‘Sally’

Sharron Hodges was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when she was just 16 and since then has experienced the world in shades of light and dark. Despite her restricted sight though, Sharron’s vision on life is incredible.

“I love being involved in the community, getting to know people and just feeling like I’m contributing,” she said.

Sharron is an inspiring philanthropist, being an active member of her local Lions Club at Redcliffe since 2008.

“I never thought I’d be involved with something like this because of my disability, but they treat me as if I’m just another member. There’s always a team, you’re never by yourself so you can always ask for help.”

With her Guide Dog ‘Sally’ by her side, Sharron assists with raffles, sausage sizzles, Christmas cake stalls and even makes regular visits to the Redcliffe Special School to speak to the children.

Through her volunteer work, Sharron was nominated for the Disability Challenge Award, an award which honours individuals with a disability for assisting others in the community.

“I’d forgotten all about it and I hadn’t even told my mum or anyone about it,” she said.

“Then I got a phone call saying that I’d been successful for the next stage.

“I really didn’t think anything would come from it but just knowing I was nominated was such a great feeling.”

Sharron attended the awards ceremony in North Lakes late last month, where she was awarded for her contribution to the community.

“I’ve never thought of myself as being an example for people or felt as though I’d be worthy of receiving an award like this.

“I always thought my vision condition would just be something that I’d have to deal with, but when people say that it’s amazing what I can do despite my low vision, it’s really a great feeling.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance with your vision, please click here or call us on 1800 810 122 to speak to a member of our team about how we can help today.


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