27 April 2018
Today Guide Dogs SA/NT celebrated International Guide Dog Day with our annual Paws Parade, honouring the life-changing work that Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs perform for people living with disability.
Led by the SA Police Band, the colourful parade of around 200 clients, dogs, dedicated volunteers, puppy raisers, home boarders, staff and supporters departed from Guide Dogs SA on Morphett Street, travelling along Franklin and King William Streets to Government House.We were thrilled to see plenty of supporters alongside the parade route cheering on our beautiful dogs.
The Paws Parade was attended by Guide Dogs SA/NT Patron and Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC; the Minister for Human Services the Hon. Michelle Lensink; Guide Dogs SA/NT Chairman, Mr John Oliver; and Guide Dogs SA/NT CEO, Mr Aaron Chia.
The stars of the day were our 2017-18 graduates and retiring dogs, who were honoured at a ceremony in the Governor’s Gardens following the parade. With the Friends of Guide Dogs Awards, we also acknowledged businesses in the community that have provided exceptional service to our clients, volunteers and staff with their dogs.
Enjoy these highlights from the day.