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Discover our Paws for Purpose dogs at Westfield Riccarton

Blind Low Vision NZ support New Zealanders across the country who find day-to-day tasks challenging, even when wearing corrective lenses. In fact, a quarter of the people Blind Low Vision assist are blind and the rest of those they help have low vision or are deafblind.

Paws for Purpose is an interactive art trail and auction, raising funds for Blind Low Vision Guide Dogs. Many people may be familiar with the life-sized dog coin collection boxes (also known as Trudy Dogs). As a result of our increasingly cashless society these beloved Trudy Dogs are being reimagined and recycled by local artists, turning these iconic donation boxes into unique pieces of art.

All funds raised will go to building new Guide Dog kennels. In New Zealand, and internationally, guide dogs require a very high level of concentration and skill to keep their handler safe. The new kennels will include different surfaces so that dogs don’t fear or avoid such surfaces in the real world (could include gravel, bark, grass) along with ‘unusual’ structures such as statues, fountains, and children’s playground equipment. Steps and ramps will improve balance, coordination, and confidence along with places to work on and improve recall.

These new kennels will ensure happier, healthier guide dogs who are ready to take on the role of providing independence to people who are blind or have low vision, across New Zealand.

The dog artwork will be displayed at Westfield Riccarton and other venues across Canterbury throughout June and July 2024.

Want to donate? Each dog will have a QR code that will take you to Blind Low Vision NZ’s Chooza website where you can bid or donate electronically.
Learn more about Blind Low Vision NZ here.

Discover our Paws for Purpose dogs at Westfield Riccarton, Level 2, opposite Country Road and the LEGO® Certified Store.

Westfield is proud to support the local community and ensure all our customers can navigate around our centres with ease. Certified guide dogs and service dogs are welcome in Westfield. We offer a range of services to assist with accessibility, you can find out more about these here.

Learn more about Blind Low Vision here.

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