How Your Donation Makes a Difference
Show your support to empower people with vision loss and their caregivers.
Provide a GDS client with a new mobility cane or information technology skills.
Teach a GDS client basic cane/daily living skills, or provide a guide dog a new harness.
Fund a rehabilitation programme - a series of more complex training sessions (orientation & mobility training and daily living skills) to empower our clients to be self-sufficient and mobile.
Our Campaign Storyends 31 Dec 2022, 11:59 PM
In celebration of 10 years together with my darling dog Bao and my big 4-0 birthday coming up this year, we would like to raise funds and create awareness for Guide Dogs of Singapore. Please give your lovely gifts and delicious meals to the Guide Dogs instead.
Did you know that only dogs with suitable temperament and aptitude can be selected to be trained as Guide Dogs? Maybe only 1 puppy in a whole litter of specially bred selected dogs may turn out to be suitable, so these dogs are really special.
Did you know it takes around $50,000 to train a suitable Guide Dog? The process is also long and takes about 1.5 to 2 years. In addition, the vision impaired guide dog user also needs to be suitably paired with a Guide Dog and trained on handling these special dogs.
Due to the difficulty getting suitable dogs, high costs of acquiring and training them, Guide Dogs Singapore has only 10 successfully paired Guide Dogs since starting in 2006 and currently only 5 Guide Dogs are actively working in Singapore. But there are still increasing number of visually impaired who need Guide Dogs help in Singapore.
Not only should we raise more funds for Guide Dogs Singapore to empower and enable the vision-impaired community to realise their potential and aspirations, we should also educate the public that these Guide Dogs are special working helpers and not "dirty dangerous dogs".
We hope that more inclusiveness amongst the society towards vision-impaired community & Guide Dogs
About The Charity
Based on 2015 Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) findings, there are more than 300,000 people with sensory (blind and deaf) and physical disabilities in Singapore. Out of this, it is estimated 50,000 residents are suffering from blindness or vision loss. But only 5% out of 300,000 are gainfully employed. In addition, with the prevalence of diabetes, myopia and ageing population, there is an increasing number of people with vision loss who need our services.
At Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd (GDS), we believe that people with vision impairment should not be limited by their disability. We aim to enhance the quality of life for people with vision loss through a range of rehabilitation programmes. Since our inception in 2006, our services have grown beyond providing guide dogs to include teaching people with vision loss the skills needed to live independently, and working with community stakeholders to build a supportive society for the vision impaired. To date, we have successfully trained and paired 10 guide dog teams in our history, of which 5 are currently active.
We operate with limited resources, and are grateful for your gifts. Please donate generously to enable us to continue our services and provide more guide dogs to people with visual impairment. All direct donations of minimum $20 are eligible for 250% tax exemption.
Auto-monthly donations are now available. If you are thinking of setting aside an amount for charitable causes in your Will, contact us!