After volunteering for six years, she’s come to realise it’s much more than just furry faces and wagging tails.

Before Kathy began volunteering with Guide Dogs Queensland, she thought the organisation was only about dogs.

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Kathy has helped in many different ways.

“I began to volunteer for Guide Dogs to fulfil something on my bucket list because I think it’s amazing what the dogs do for people and I wanted to get involved,” Kathy said.

“The big thing I’ve come to understand since volunteering is how much Guide Dogs Queensland does for people aside from just the dogs. There’s a huge range of work that they do which not many people realise. That’s why I’ve kept volunteering.”

Kathy has helped in many different ways including giving up her time at a number of fundraising events, but has recently started volunteering her time at Swish games. Swish is a fast invigorating game similar to table tennis but uses balls with bells to assist those with low or no vision to play.

“I’ve been totally inspired by people with a vision impairment and what they can do. They’re just so switched on and it’s really impressive to see the speed they can play Swish,” she said.  

“The clients have been so encouraging to me. Coming here has been a fabulous experience and being in this environment makes you feel so good.”

Kathy started volunteering to give back, but after getting to know the people she’s volunteering with, she believes they’re giving her so much more in return.

I wanted to give back

Kathy started volunteering to give back, but after getting to know the people she’s volunteering with, she believes they’re giving her so much more in return.

I’m inspired to help where I can make a difference. The people Guide Dogs help didn’t choose to have what they’ve got, so I like to be able to help where I can.

If you’d like to make a difference in the community like Kathy, click here to become a volunteer.

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