Dining in the Dark Mandurah to raise funds for Guide Dogs WA


Ayesha Patterson with her guide dog Beirdie. Picture: Jon Hewson
Ayesha Patterson with her guide dog Beirdie. Picture: Jon Hewson

SHARON Patterson and her daughter Ayesha have a motto – ‘go big or go home’.

And it is a motto they stick with, never shying away from organising the biggest fundraisers.

Ayesha (24) has only 1 per cent vision after being bitten by a redback spider when she was just four years old.

She and her mother run Dining in the Dark Mandurah and their latest effort is a Little Bites for Little Paws high tea at Rushton Park later this month to raise funds for Guide Dogs WA.

Ayesha has had her guide dog Beirdie for five years.

The former Mandurah Baptist College student does not let her disability hold her back.

She plays sport, represented WA at goal ball, loves music, reading and the West Coast Eagles, and is on a variety of committees including the Youth Disability Advocate Network for 12-25 years olds with a disability.

The high tea is in the Platinum Room at Rushton Park on Sunday, March 19 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Hats and fascinators are encouraged.

The event includes a two course buffet high tea, raffles and a jazz duo.

Anyone who would like to donate to the raffle or who could help supply cups and saucers can contact Ayesha on 0452 195 902 or Sharon on 0418 911 802.

Tickets are available from Peel Thunder Football Club reception on 9537 5400 until March 13.

Other events in the pipeline this year are a Star Wars Fun Day on May 27, on the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie and a candlelit dinner on October 21.