The world’s biggest guide dog “Gulliver” visited Kingswood Sports Club on Valentines’ Day 2013 to say a giant thank you for the Club’s $3,745 donation to support Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s children’s services program.

Funded under the ClubGRANTS Scheme, the donation will enable Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to continue to purchase specialised equipment called a Little Room, which is designed to stimulate gross motor development in infants who are blind or vision impaired.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Kingswood Sports Club for its generosity,” said Lillian Adnan, Fundraising Coordinator for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“It’s this kind of community support that enables us to provide vital services that give infants and children who are blind or vision impaired the best start in life. These services help to lay the foundations for their independence.

“Vision loss is a challenging disability but our services enable people to realise that it doesn’t have to limit their independence.”

“Babies born blind or with a vision impairment have difficulty in understanding the world around them, so encouraging them as early as possible to move and identify objects is critical to their development.”

“A Little Room is filled with objects that move and make sounds that get the baby reaching out and touching and moving. It helps children to become more confident in exploring their surroundings.”

Scott Bennetts, CEO of Easts Group, which is part of the Kingswood Sports Club, said the Club was proud to support such an important program for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“We so often take our sight and independence for granted, so it’s great that the Club and its members can give back by enabling those who can’t see to have access to critical services like a Little Room,” said Mr Bennetts.

Over the past year, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s Orientation and Mobility Instructors have provided specialised services to over 640 infants, children and teenagers who are blind or vision impaired.