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.
About Campaignends 15 Nov 2020, 11:59 PM
Despite their loss of sight, people with VI have the desire to live actively and have equal participation in the society. White Cane Day is a day for us to remind ourselves that there are people with VI living amongst us, and we try not to leave them behind. This year has been especially challenging for the VI community due to the pandemic their livelihood is threatened and some of them are living on their reserves, independence is also limited due to many new restrictions.
Why Support White Cane Day Campaign:
1. Under the Fortitude Budget, the government is matching the donations raised $1 for $1, meaning if you make a $100 donation, we will receive $200!
2. You will be supporting our rehabilitation programme which equips our clients with daily living and mobility skills, in order for them to be self reliant (e.g. using phone accessibility features to buy essentials/order food and commute safely)
3. Rehabilitation allows our clients to use technology to stay connected with their friends and family, and stay updated on the latest news, which is important in the new normal we are living in.
Thank you for not leaving the VI community.
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!