Christmas lights celebrate 20 years of funding guide dogs

Ambassador dog Annie at the Prairie Dunes Place Christmas lights display.
Ambassador dog Annie at the Prairie Dunes Place Christmas lights display.

FOR 20 years, the residents of Prairie Dunes Place in Connolly have turned on their Christmas lights spectacular in support of Guide Dogs WA.

Now the annual northern suburbs display is one of the biggest and most popular in Perth. Resident Wendy Rowcroft said this year’s display was “amazing” with the whole street putting in “so much effort”.

“We have a giant dinosaur, a roof top Christmas tree, a giant elf and so many lights and other decorations,” she said.

“There are over 20 houses in the street decorated and ready for a busy festive season.”

After two decades of support from the community, the street has raised $190,412 for Guide Dogs WA, which has resulted in the sponsorship and naming of eight puppies: Nicholas, Holly, Chris, Connor, Prairie, Ivy, Dash and Connie.

Ambassador dog Cody.

“Visitors to the street always say in disbelief, ‘You have raised how much’ and I have to tell them again,” Ms Rowcroft said.

“People who visit our street are so pleased to hear of the results and the puppies in training we have been able to support.

“On behalf of the residents, I invite the community to come to our street and help support another puppy in training.”

Guide Dogs WA corporate and community partnerships coordinator Lauren Shepherd said the residents of Prairie Dunes Place were “amazing supporters of the training program”.

Ambassador dog Annie.

“For 20 years they have helped West Australian’s living with low vision, disability or illness enjoy the freedom, independence, joy and companionship a guide, assistance or companion dog brings,” she said.

“Every year the Christmas displays get better and better and this year they are nothing short of spectacular.

“I encourage the community to join in the festivities and meet a Guide Dogs WA puppy in training or an ambassador dog.”

Until Christmas, Guide Dogs WA ambassador dogs and puppies in training will be visiting Prairie Dunes Place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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