Tasmania’s top bosses take on blindfolded challenge this April!
Tasmania’s top bosses and businesses leaders will this month step out of their comfort zone by working blindfolded for a day, as part of Guide Dogs Tasmania’s latest fundraising challenge.
Boss’ Blind Date encourages business leaders across the state to raise awareness of sensory disability – particularly blindness – amongst their peers, friends, family and wider networks, while raising vital funds for Guide Dogs Tasmania.
Kristy Wright, Community Fundraising Coordinator for Guide Dogs Tasmania, said the event is a great opportunity for bosses to showcase their commitment to the community, in particular those living with disability.
“Boss’ Blind Date is a fantastic way to increase moral and engage staff by encouraging them to support their boss in this exclusive and rewarding challenge,” she said.
“It will also allow us to place more Guide, Therapy and Companion Dogs for Tasmanians living with disability, by raising vital funds throughout the month.”
Taking part in the challenge will involve participants spending a day at work without vision, with the assistance of a nominated colleague as their own personal guide. Across the day they will complete a variety of challenges under blindfold – such as using public transport, eating out and leading a meeting – and encourage their peers to support them with a donation.
The added element of competition amongst business leaders across the state will be thrown in, with each boss attempting to rise to the challenge and meet their fundraising target.
Ms Wright said Guide Dogs Tasmania is the only state-based provider raising and training Guide Dogs in Tasmania, with each dog costing over $35,000 to raise and train before they are matched with someone who needs them.
“With six more pups expected to join the training program over the next six months, we really are relying on the generosity of the Tasmanian community to fund these future heroes,” Ms Wright said.
“By taking part in Boss’ Blind Date or donating to one of the participants, you will be helping a Tasmanian living with disability be placed with a life changing dog.”
Participants taking up the challenge so far include: Rebecca Kardos – CEO Aurora Energy, Ellie Smith – Willie Smiths Cider Makers, William Unger – Gallagher, CEO RACT – Harvey Lennon, David O’Byrne – local MP, Errol Stewart – Stewart Group Tasmania.