Guide Dog helps local live life to fullest

Helping hand: Eungai Creek resident Lewis Parkins receives support from Guide Dog NSW/ACT to help him live independantly. Photo: Callum McGregor.

Helping hand: Eungai Creek resident Lewis Parkins receives support from Guide Dog NSW/ACT to help him live independantly. Photo: Callum McGregor.

The world’s largest model guide dog visited Kempsey on Wednesday to help raise awareness and remind people about the role the Guide Dog NSW/ACT organisation plays in helping people.

Eungai Creek resident Lewis Parkins’ life has benefited from the help of the organisation.

Mr Parkins was 12 when his retina detached and after years of trips to the hospital he has become legally blind.

His optometrist referred him to Guide Dog two years ago.

“They have helped me with my independence. I enjoy getting outside and going for walks and their help has made it easier,” Mr Parkins said.

“The best thing is they come to you and give you what you need.”

Guide Dog provided Mr Parkins with a long guide cane.

Mr Parkins said those who are experiencing vision loss should talk to the Guide Dogs team to find out about the services offered by the organisation.

Guide Dogs' services are free for people who are blind or have impaired vision.

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