A Yellow Labrador puppy, Chevy, sitting down wearing a yellow training jacket

On Tuesday, 31 January, the Eastwoods Wealth Management team will meet a new team member with a difference, when introduced to furry friend “Eastwood”, a black three-month-old Labrador. 

Guide Dogs SA.NT Chief Executive Officer Kate Thiele said the organisation was very grateful for the $25,000 provided by the financial planning practice, which will contribute greatly to the training young “Eastwood” has to go through to become a Guide Dog.

“The organisation has sponsored their first Guide Dog in training and Guide Dogs SA.NT is incredibly grateful for their generous support,” Ms Thiele said.

“It costs more than $25,000 to raise and train each Guide Dog puppy as they undertake an intensive 18-month training program that essentially begins from day one.

“Guide Dogs SA.NT receives no government funding for our Guide Dog programs, instead relying on support from the community and corporate partners to provide valuable services to those in need.”

General Manager, Eastwoods Financial Planning, John Lipkiewicz said the practice was proud to be associated with an organisation that provided such essential services to members of the local community, substantially improving their quality of life.

“We know how hard Guide Dogs SA.NT work to provide this valuable service to people with a vision impairment in the community and our staff are very proud to be able to help with financial assistance,” said Mr Lipkiewicz.

“We are looking forward to the next 18 months as we watch “Eastwood” graduate from his intensive Guide Dog training and then partnered with a person in need.”