Chairman’s Message

In 2019, Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS) continued to see progress in the visually impaired community.

There has been improved access to guide dogs and employability of those with visual impairment. These were buttressed by the 50% increase in our outreach sessions. We delivered a total of 39 talks to our community partners. More in Singapore do want to make the difference!

We serve people with visual impairment, whether they use a white cane or a guide dog. With two Orientation & Mobility Specialists and Singapore’s first and only Guide Dog Mobility Instructor in-house, we can provide better and prompter professional support. We now have over 350 clients with visual impairment and welcomed our 7th guide dog team: Sophie and her guide dog, Orinda. Our first 2D1N camp for our clients aged 18 to 35 was also organised, where they were challenged to conquer their fears of high elements and managed their daily living tasks in a new environment. This gave them an opportunity to learn new skills, socialise and build confidence.

Each year, we hold two major events. From Mar – Jun, we celebrated International Guide Dog Day to appreciate guide dogs and the professionals who train them. With our partners, volunteers and social media personalities, and through our Street Collection and roadshows on 7 Apr 2019, over 650,000[1] people came together to learn about guide dogs and visual impairment, and raise over $200,000.

From Jul – Oct, we had our White Cane Day Campaign, culminating in a      community event at Waterway Point, graced by Mr Zainal Sapari, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC. The goal was to celebrate the abilities and successes of people with visual impairment and promote their employability through the event’s activities, demonstrations and interactions. The campaign saw a 50% increase in the number of event partners, more than 900,000 people reached[2] and over $55,000 raised.

Deeper relationships were also formed with key stakeholders, two of which are the Land Transport Authority and SMRT, as we work towards a more inclusive      transport system. We also continued to cultivate the support of long-term donors and grant makers, like TechnipFMC and Singapore Totalisator Board.

Our achievements were only possible because of support and donations, especially the bequest of a benevolent donor through Padang Trust Singapore. We are excited for what is to come, and hope for continued generosity, such as by nominating Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd in your will. Join us in this journey to help our friends with visual impairment achieve their dreams!

 

[1] Number was achieved by totaling the number of followers of our partners/influencers who shared about our campaign and those who participated in the events.

[2] Number was achieved by totaling the number of followers of our partners/influencers who shared about our campaign, the number of mailers/EDMs Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd disseminated and those who participated in the event.