Source: Ridge Times (Extract)
Posted: June 22, 2023

The South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind was founded in 1953 by Gladys Evans after she returned from England with her Guide Dog.

Gladys, a South African citizen, was trained with her Guide Dog, Sheena, in the UK. Sheena enhanced her life so much that she aspired to make Guide Dogs accessible to other South African citizens.

The Association trains Guide Dogs for those with visual impairment, Service Dogs for those with physical disabilities and Autism Support Dogs for children on the Autism Spectrum. Through their services, the Association have immeasurably improved the lives of many people and has given them the freedom of independence, mobility, and companionship.

This year, the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind is celebrating their 70th Birthday and in celebration of this milestone birthday, the Association has launched an incredible fundraising campaign “70 Days of Giving” with a hope to raise R700,000 to continue their incredible work.

Enzo the Mini Dachshund “The Little Dog that strives to make a big difference” is proud to have been invited to join in the milestone birthday celebration and fundraising campaign and hosting a dog-friendly Mad Hatters Tea Party on Saturday, 8th July at The Secret Tea Garden! It’s totally Mad and Bonkers, right?!

Come dressed in your “Maddest” hat, wear a fun/colourful bow tie or dress up as your favourite Alice in Wonderland character and join us for a fun afternoon with your fur baby for a “trip down the rabbit hole” and help us paw it forward in support of the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind.

The afternoon will include games (Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat and Doggie Bingo), the prize for the best dressed, a lucky paw draw, hamper raffles, goodie bags, delicious treats for the ‘pawrents’ and fur babies, a photographer capturing fun moments, and more…

Tickets are available online and the Association is looking forward to hosting you! Keep an eye on Enzo’s social media pages for updates!

This article was provided by SA Guide-Dogs Association