Dash a life-changing gift

Back row: David Rowcroft, Mike Shuttleworth, Alba Vanderburg, Anna Shuttleworth and Wendy Rowcroft. In foreground: Nicole Tarpey with son Declan and puppy Dash.
Back row: David Rowcroft, Mike Shuttleworth, Alba Vanderburg, Anna Shuttleworth and Wendy Rowcroft. In foreground: Nicole Tarpey with son Declan and puppy Dash.

The residents of Prairie Dunes Place hold a popular Christmas lights display every year, raising money for Guide Dogs WA.

Donations from last year�s display garnered nearly $10,000, allowing them to sponsor their seventh guide dog puppy, Dash.

Since 1999, they have raised almost $160,000 for the organisation.

�The residents of Prairie Dunes Place are our longest-standing guide dog sponsors to date,� Guide Dogs WA executive Tony Hagan said.

�They�re fantastic advocates for Guide Dogs WA and the ongoing support we receive from the community through the Christmas lights display is outstanding.

�It may seem like small change to some, but the amount raised since 1999 has allowed several people living with vision impairment to be offered the life-changing gift of independence through a guide dog.�

Though Dash lives with a �puppy raiser�, the sponsors get updates on his progress, are allowed regular visits and will be invited to his graduation.

Resident Mike Shuttleworth has heard first-hand how their contributions help others.

While attending the graduation of one of their sponsored guide dogs several years ago, the recipient told him: �Yesterday, I had a white stick. Today, I have a dog which will be my companion for many years to come.�

Mr Shuttleworth said: �It is very satisfying to know that we are now sponsoring our seventh dog, which is an unbelievable achievement.�