International Guide Dog Day 2016

Get on board with Guide Dogs

As part of International Guide Dog Day on April 27, Guide Dogs Tasmania will be partnering with Metro Tas and Campbell Street Primary School to show the community that Guide Dogs really can go anywhere, with the launch of their “Get on Board” campaign.

“Get on Board” will see a Metro bus covered with artwork created by students at Campbell Street Primary School, with the theme that Guide Dogs are allowed in any public space, including transport.

The bus, which will advertise the campaign from the end of April for the next six months, will officially be launched on April 27.

Some of the student artwork that will feature on the Metro bus.

Some of the student artwork that will feature on the Metro bus.

“International Guide Dogs Day is a great day to officially recognise all current, previous and future Guide Dogs around the world, and the difference they make to the lives of their blind or vision impaired handlers,” Acting CEO of Guide Dogs Tasmania, Mary Langdon said.

“But it’s also an opportunity for us to make the community more aware of the challenges surrounding Guide Dogs and their handlers, including accessing public transport. This kind of reach would otherwise be impossible for us, so we are extremely grateful for the support of Metro Tas.”

Little Harper wears the Metro badge with pride.

Guide Dog Puppy, Harper, wears the Metro badge with pride on her blue Learner Coat.

CEO of Metro Tas, Stuart Wiggins, said: “Metro believes in the importance of public transport as an accessible option for everyone in the community and we are pleased to play our part by ensuring all Metro drivers are trained to know how to help those who may need extra assistance when using our buses.

“Everyone is welcome on a Metro bus, including assistance animals such as Guide Dogs, which are an important part of the community and provide a great service to the vision impaired. We are proud to support Guide Dogs Tasmania and to help spread the message that ‘Guide Dogs can go anywhere’.”

Campbell Street Primary School Principal, Ricky Oates, is pleased to be part of the International Guide Dog Day campaign, which will see more than 260 artworks created by the students displayed on the bus.

“This is a fantastic community project and a great opportunity for our students to see their work publicly showcased, while telling their friends and families about the great work that Guide Dogs do,” Mr Oates said.

Get on board with Guide Dogs and look out for the special ‘doggy bus’ from April 27, 2016.

The Metro bus, on launch day.

Launch day!