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The Boss's Blind Date Experience

Author: Hoshizaki Lancer / Published Date: 1 November 2016

Categories: Company News & Media

A letter from our Managing Director

A HUGE thank you for the support for my Boss's Blind Date journey. So far I have raised approximately $16,000 for this fantastic cause for Guide Dogs SA/NT. That's around half way to a new Guide Dog!

With the growing demand for Guide Dogs services, the money you have so kindly donated will help the organisation provide Guide Dogs that will change people's lives. By the year 2020, there will be 801,000 people in Australia living with vision loss and at the moment, they are waiting more than 12 months for a Guide Dog. With this money... that waiting period can be lessened.

I started out aiming to raise $8k and was blown away by the support I have received. I am absolutely thrilled that so many people see the importance of this campaign and were willing to contribute.

On 26th of October, the day I spent my workday in darkness was a challenge I'm glad I signed up for and one I will never forget.

My day began by being driven to work, making a coffee, and conducting a morning management huddle meeting all the while wearing a blindfold.

Later in the day, I attempted to respond to emails with the help of my Human Guide Glenys, I walked through the factory and conducted a presentation. Then Glenys and I went out to lunch - I had to have the menu patiently read to me then chose something simple and not messy to eat, rather than what sounded most appealing!

Back to the office for more meetings and then off to catch the tram to the city. When I got off the tram we walked to Morphett Street where I then chaired the monthly Board meeting for Guide Dogs SA NT.

It was a long and difficult day. I am extremely grateful for the assistance of my Human Guide Glenys - I was totally reliant on her - not a comfortable feeling.

Some observations: sounds were louder, it was hard to pinpoint how close sounds were - they seemed closer than you think which made walking down the street, crossing the road and getting on and off the tram quite problematic. 

People came to my office but didn't announce themselves so I wasn't sure how long they had been standing there before they finally said something. I wasn't sure if I was having a one on one conversation or if there were others there listening but not talking.

The experience helped me better understand the daily challenges of being vision impaired. It will certainly lead me to be a better Chairman of Guide Dogs SANT, and a more empathic and humble human being.

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters. If you haven't donated yet but would still like to - it's not too late. Just visit my support page https://bossblinddate.everydayhero.com/au/joe-s-boss-s-blind-date

Warm regards,
Joe Thorp Managing Director Hoshizaki Lancer
Chairman Guide Dogs SA NT

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