The Future is in Sight.

Introducing the progressive plan to redevelop our iconic site in Kew, to create the world's first fully accessible sensory campus.
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"I want to create a space where disability is forgotten and only the abilities of people are celebrated."
- Karen Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, Guide Dogs Victoria.

What is the 'Future is in Sight’ project?

About the project.

The ‘Future is in Sight’ is a progressive redevelopment project that will enable us to meet the rapidly rising demand for vision support services. It will ensure we can continue to provide support for people with low vision or blindness for many years to come.

The ‘Future is in Sight’ project involves the transformational redevelopment of our iconic site in Kew, to create the world’s first fully accessible sensory campus.

The new campus will ensure that when people begin a journey with blindness, they will feel hope, warmth, and community, instead of fear. The campus will inspire people to embrace change and strive to achieve their goals in life.

The new campus will include:

  • A world-class training centre of excellence.
  • Residential accommodation for Clients to develop independent living skills.
  • A dog training precinct.
  • A community education hub.
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How it will benefit the community

Moving from dependence to independence.

To ensure we will always be there for those in need, we had to think differently about how our organisation is supported.

Just like the people who access our services, we need to move from dependence to independence. We need to move from a reliance on grants and donations and transform into a thriving, independent organisation with a secure financial base.

To support this transformation, we are introducing three new business enterprises that will serve the local community while generating new income streams for our organisation.

The new commercial hub will include:

  • A veterinary hospital.
  • A teaching facility.
  • An on-site cafe.
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Why is this project so important?

Stable support for the future.

For the past 60 years, Guide Dogs Victoria has been globally recognised for world-class practice and innovation in the vision sector. The ‘Future is in Sight’ project will ensure we continue to deliver on this reputation by supporting the community for many years to come.

In 1957, we established the first national breeding and training centre for Guide Dogs in Australia. We now provide an extensive range of high-quality orientation and mobility services, supporting thousands of people with low vision or blindness, to live fulfilling and independent lives.

 

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Historically, our organisation has received very little government funding.

Instead, we rely heavily on the generosity of the Victorian community: your donations provide vital funds for the delivery of services to those in need.

More than $28 million is required to make our vision for the Future is in Sight project into a reality.

We cannot restore sight, but together we can open up a world of opportunity for people with low vision or blindness through this transformational project.

How you can help

Make your vital contribution today.

The time to build is now. The opportunity is in your hands. Together, we can do so much.

For further information on the ‘Future is in Sight’ project or our supporting fundraising campaign, please contact Evan Gordon, General Manager of Fundraising on evang@guidedogsvictoria.com.au or donate now.

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Guide Dogs Victoria Redevelopment Update

Our generous donors

Celebrating incredible contributions.

Alphington Developments PTY Ltd
Annie & John Paterson Foundation
Aron Ping D’Souza
Arthur Fullwood
BB & A Miller Foundation
Barbara and Marten Bedford
Bell Charitable Fund
Betty Amsden AO DSJ
Betty Amsden Foundation
Bowness Foundation
Charles & Cornelia Goode Foundation
Charles Thompson
Dr John and Jenny Leaper
Eleanor Baillieu
Estate of Albert Webster
Estate of Jean Stewart
Estate of Jillian Broderick
Estate of Margaret Olivia Troy
Estate of Mavis Irene McArthur
Estate of Yolande Elizabeth Reid
Gandel Philanthropy
Geoff and Alex Kent
Government of the Commonwealth of Australia
Hanna and Bob Van Der Toorren
Helen and Warwick Rule
Iain Edwards
Ian Potter Foundation
Irena Cheesman
Jean Hadges
Jeanette Brookes

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Jennifer Gray
John and Rose Downer
John T Reid Charitable Trusts
Karen and Graeme Hayes
Kel & Rosie Day Foundation
L87 Foundation
Lady Marigold Southey
Len and Elana Warson
Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation
Luca Scribani Rossi
Margaret Ross
McLeod Family Foundation
Myer Foundation – Sidney Myer Fund
Naomi Ryan
Norm and Carol Hastings
Patterson Cheney Cars and Trucks
Paula and Joseph Pezzi
Pierce Armstrong Foundation
Rachel Knight
Rotary Club of Kew on Yarra
Roy Edwards
Russell Walker
Russell and Womersley Foundation
Sally Lindsay
State Government of Victoria
Susan and Graeme Houghton
Suzanne Pyke
Vince and Gabrielle Giuliano
Wheelton Philanthropy

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