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Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Graduation Day 2016 - December 6

Group of Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs NSW wearing leather dog harnesses
As  the official Christmas charity partner for the City of Sydney, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is bringing a special event to Martin Place this December.

City workers are invited to witness a special presentation of graduating Guide Dogs in Martin Place. The spectacle is rarely held in a public venue and will be an opportunity to see the four-legged graduates receive their first harnesses, watch Guide Dog demonstrations and hear Guide Dog handlers talk about how their lives have been changed for the better. There 
will also be some very cute puppies enjoying themselves in a play pen.

The public will be joined by those who have been integral to the process of turning the playful puppies into responsible working Guide Dogs, including instructors and volunteer Puppy Raisers.

Guide Dog Puppy wearing an L Plate sign
Before undergoing five months of intensive training at the Guide Dogs Centre, each dog lived with a Puppy Raising family, who cared for them from eight-weeks until 14-months-old, taught them basic obedience and showered them with love and affection.

“It has taken more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train each Guide Dog so the graduation will be a celebration of the dedicated training over the past two years to get these life-changing dogs to the all-important working stage of their life,” Guide Dogs NSW/ACT CEO, Dr Graeme White said.

What: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT presentation of graduating Guide Dogs, including Guide Dog demonstrations, speeches by handlers, parade of graduates and puppy play pen.

When: Tuesday 6th December, 2016, from 
12:00pm-2:00pm (main activities from 12:45pm)

Where: Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Cost: Free

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Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is the leading provider of Guide Dogs and orientation and mobility services to enable people with impaired vision to get around their communities independently. Services include providing training and aids including long canes, Guide Dogs and electronic travel devices such as talking GPS technology. 

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