Raising Funds for a Pair of Furry Eyes ( a.k.a. Guide Dog)

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Apr 24, 2019

Preparations over the last couple of months have brought me to this point where I am ready to fly over to Melbourne to be trained with my successor guide dog.

Her name is ELKE, and we will be starting our journey as a team together on the 29th of April 2019.

I would really like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone that have supported me on this campaign that has allowed me to continue my journey of independence as a blind person. I would also like to share an opinion piece I wrote that was published yesterday in the Straits Times. Thank You.

Why Singapore has only Eight Guide Dogs : https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/why-singapore...


Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Apr 24, 2019

Preparations over the last couple of months have brought me to this point where I am ready to fly over to Melbourne to be trained with my successor guide dog.

Her name is ELKE, and we will be starting our journey as a team together on the 29th of April 2019.

I would really like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone that have supported me on this campaign that has allowed me to continue my journey of independence as a blind person. I would also like to share an opinion piece I wrote that was published yesterday in the Straits Times. Thank You.

Why Singapore has only Eight Guide Dogs : https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/why-singapore...


Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Mar 04, 2019

I just want to say a huge huge thank you to everyone that have helped in big and small ways to help me fund a successor guide dog ;all my friends and Family and everyone who have so generously donated, people who have joined us at the run for #Furryeyes and 2 quiz nights! The good people at Briopets that have help with the logistics and filled in with all my logistical challenges, my fellow YGLs especially my Harvard tribe who have started and ended this campaign, and sponsors Briopets as well as ethos books and the Song Saa collective for the generous gifts. When I started this journey in late November, I wasn’t sure at all that I could do it, but with everyone’s help and kindness we have raised everything we need, plus a little extra!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you


Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Mar 01, 2019

Thanks to Simon Barnett for organising this second quiz night at Coq & Balls it was super duper fun and we raised 680 Singapore Dollars! A huge thank you to the Irish community and the locals at Tiong Bahru for joining us.

Cassandra


Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Feb 20, 2019

ELKE is her name.

Guide dogs Victoria have just confirmed that I’ll be training with ELKE in the May class. She is still completing her training now.

I am very grateful to everyone who have so readily come on board to extend a helping hand in allowing me to continue my independence with a guide dog.

I will be continuing to share updates and pictures of the training process. Stay tuned.

Esme will be adopted by a good friend of mine, and I'll be able to see her on weekends!

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Feb 14, 2019

A huge thank you to the Ireland Funds Singapore for being so supportive of the #FurryEyes campaign to help me get a successor Guide Dog. They have so generously donated SGD$1,000 and it's reflected together with the offline donations on this page.

From the bottom of my heart,
Thank you.
Cassandra

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 31, 2019

I just wanna say a huge thank you to everyone who came by to walk, strolled, ran with us yesterday at MEET & RUN for #FurryEyes

Besides supporting our fundraising campaign to find me a successor, the 40 participants together also manage to clock 200 km which we want to donate to the #RunningDryCampaignBecause #EveryDropCounts when it comes to water for our precious world.

Thanks once again everyone.

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 28, 2019

A huge thank you to the Irish Embassy in Singapore for helping organise this super fun quiz night at McGettigans's. I am so grateful to the Irish community for everything, and all the sponsors McGettigan's, The Cookie Museum, Briopets, Inis Bia and St Patrick's Society for making this event a success and helping raise SGD 2980

Update posted by Briopets Briolife On Jan 15, 2019

Hello friends!

Here’s an exciting update:

My publisher Ethos Books is coming on board to support my fundraising campaign!

The first 50 donors with a minimum donation of US$50 donations or 2 tickets to Run for #FurryEyes will receive a pre-launch copy of my upcoming book, A Place For Us, to be released in March 2019. It is about my experiences as a person living with vision loss and as a social advocate for persons with disability.

From pursuing an education, navigating motherhood, gaining true independence with my guide dog Esme, to my struggles in building a career as a psychotherapist, I discuss the attitudes towards disability that I face in my journey.

With my book A Place For Us, I hope to offer a perspective of a person living with disability and to advocate for a more equal and sustainable future for people with disabilities.

The book will be mailed out to you, so don’t forget to leave your address at check-out. (Keep your eye out for news of the book launch) 😊

Thanks to Ethos Books for this very generous sponsorship of 50 books to help the #furryeyes campaign!

Update posted by Cassandra Chiu On Jan 06, 2019

I am so grateful to everybody for helping me past the halfway mark of my campaign target.

Guide Dogs Victoria is still working on finding the best suited dog to my situation. But I’m not too worried as firstly I’ll get to spend a little more time with my beloved Esme, and I also have complete trust in Guide Dogs Victoria’s matching process.

They got it so right the first round with Esme, and I could not have asked for more.

One of the considerations that is making it slower is Singapore social environment, we are excluding black dogs in the selection process as to date, there are only 7 working Guide Dogs here( all yellow labs) and they are still an uncommon sight. There are also some misconceptions towards black dogs in the Asian society. As such we are playing it safe

Thanks for being a part of this journey, and supporting this campaign. Will update again as soon as I hear more about the matching process.

Cassandra

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