Visitors to Specsavers Airport West on Saturday 8 July had the opportunity for a cuddle from a four legged friend.
To celebrate Specsavers Australia’s 10th birthday, the store was visited by two Seeing Eye Dogs in training. The canines and their trainer were in store from 11 – 1pm, helping to raise funds and awareness for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.
The charity provides dog guides free of charge to Australians who are blind or have low vision. They also provide ongoing support to ensure they and their guide dogs are working well together. With little funding, and each dog taking up to two years and around $50,000 to train, Seeing Eye Dogs Australia is heavily reliant on donations.
“Seeing Eye Dogs Australia was the obvious choice for us to partner with for our birthday celebrations, as both the charity and we at Specsavers are passionate about enabling people to see,” says Zaheer Rizwan, Specsavers Airport West’s co-owner and dispenser.
$5 from every glasses transaction on Saturday 8 July was also donated to the worthy cause. From September onwards, a portion of every glasses sale going forward will be donated to the charity through the Specsavers Community Program.
As part of the Specsavers Community Program, the Airport West store also supports the Fred Hollows Foundation, and has raised nearly $5000 for the charity to date, with a further $6000 donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.