Naracoorte High School student Crystal MacDermott made a very generous donation to Guide Dogs SA on Tuesday.
Crystal has been busy lately raising funds for the worthwhile cause and presented a cheque for $658 to Guide Dogs SA representative Chantel King during the schools assembly.
The Year 11 student decided to fund raise for the cause simply because she felt that it wasn't getting enough recognition for the great work they do.
“I chose to raise money for the Guide Dogs because they don’t have us much publicity as much as the other fund raisers,” Crystal said.
For more than 60 years, Guide Dogs SA has enhanced quality of life through a culture of innovation, incredible dogs and qualified trainers.
Crystal collected the huge amount through efforts which included reaching out to the Naracoorte community.
She said it was a “really good” feeling to finally hand over the money which has given her more motivation to do it again in the future.
“I wanted to be able to help more puppies (get the training) to help more kids and improve the future of the Guide Dogs,” Crystal said.
Mrs King, who traveled from Mount Gambier to receive the funds said it felt “marvelous” to be handed such a donation.
“It’s good to know there is people out there like Crystal who are happy to help fund raise for us and be able to help another family and get a wonderful assistance dog," she said.
“They (the dogs) really do change your life.”
Before the official presentation, Mrs King shared a personal story which involved her son’s journey and how he has been able to benefit from a trained, four-legged companion.
The invited guest believes her visits to schools are important as he they help to educate staff and students on the different type of guide dogs.
“The autism assistance program is not quite as well-known as seeing eye dogs but I feel they do a very wonderful job,” Mrs King said.
“I do love getting out there and telling people that guide dogs aren’t just seeing eye dogs and there is so much that they do.”
They money is expected to be used to raise the new group of puppies and train them for people in need.
It costs about in excess of $30,000 to train each guide dog for the variety of services which include hearing, orientation and mobility.
A variety of volunteers work is available for people during the week and for special events, promotions and programs.
To learn more or to donate, visit the Guide Dog SA website at www.guidedogs.org.au or call 8115 6060.