Lap Dogs: Walk the Adelaide 500 track for a good cause
As the Official Charity partner of the 2018 Adelaide 500, the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) will be hosting a special one-off event on the Adelaide 500 circuit on Sunday Feb 25.
Lap Dogs will allow dog owners and race fans to complete a 3km walk around the Adelaide 500 circuit, helping to raise funds for the RSB's Guide and Assistance Dog schools in South Australia- they supply about 80% of Guide Dogs to clients in South Australia in any given year.
RSB ambassador Rachel Leacar will take part in the walk with her Golden Retriever Guide Dog, Ella.
“I am honoured to be an ambassador for such a worthy cause and can’t wait to participate in the Lap Dogs Walk in ten days’ time,” Leahcar said.
Singer and songwriter, Leahcar was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa and may one day, be totally blind.
The walk will beging at 8am on Sunday 25 February and will be followed by a breakfast and dog activities.
Tickets are just $20 for adult, $10 for kids and family tickets are available. Four legged family members walk for free.
Royal Society for the Blind announced as Official Charity of 2018
On World Sight Day, October 12, the annual awareness day to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment, the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) has been announced as the official charity partner of the 2018 Adelaide 500 motorsport spectacular.
The RSB has supported blind and vision impaired South Australians for 133 years, ensuring they have access to world-class services and technology.
According to RSB Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Darrin Johnson, the partnership with the Adelaide 500 to be held on 1 March to 4 March 2018 will provide very welcome funds to allow the not-for-profit organisation to continue supporting South Australians living with the daily challenges of vision impairment.
“We are thrilled to be named as charity partner for this Adelaide 500 especially as the 2018 event marks the 20th Anniversary of this great race”.
“Every dollar donated to the RSB during the 2018 Adelaide 500 event will help make a massive difference in the lives of the people we help,” he says.
“Whether it’s about strengthening our ability to broaden our existing range of support services, or being able to offer more of our clients exciting new opportunities, any extra funds are always very, very welcome.”
South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell welcomed the partnership announcement.
“The RSB is a great South Australian charity which has been playing a vital role in the community for more than 130 years. This new partnership is a fantastic way to say ‘thank-you’ for their efforts and positive impact in our state,” he said.
“The Adelaide 500 is an iconic South Australian event which makes a significant economic contribution to our visitor economy and we are delighted to join forces with this outstanding organisation in helping to raise money for blind and vision impaired, kids, adults and their families right across South Australia.”
RSB Ambassador for the 2018 RSB/Adelaide 500 partnership is Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat.
“As a South Australian boy, I’m honoured to act as Ambassador for such an outstanding organisation,” says Nick.
“Before I was a driver, I was an Adelaide 500 fan and have attended every single event. I’m also the owner of two Labradors, so the relationship between the RSB’s Guide Dog program and my hometown race is a cause that is very close to my heart.”
While many people are familiar with the RSB’s world-class Guide Dog program, the organisation also provides many more, less recognised, services to assist blind and vision impaired people through every stage of their life.
From white cane training and assistance with learning how to get from A to B, to work skills training and employment services, access to the latest technology, social and sporting opportunities and much more.
“With an aging population, it is estimated that the number of vision impaired Australians will double by 2020. That means demand for our services in the future will be greater than ever. Potentially, this partnership will allow us to train and supply more Guide Dogs, help
fund the purchase of life changing technology and provide even more opportunities for blind and vision impaired South Australians to participate fully in our community,” says Mr Johnson.
“We really look forward to working with the Adelaide 500 team and contributing to this amazing event”.
Mr Johnson also welcomed the opportunity for the increased public and corporate exposure for RSB through the partnership.
“Have no fear, we’ll be doing everything we can to raise our visibility during the event and urging visitors to the Adelaide 500 to dig deep.”