Battery World franchisees and Guide Dogs – sharing career pathways
Battery World franchisees come from all walks of life and careers before setting their caps on the purple and yellow – and now so too do Guide Dogs Australia as the charity extends its footprint to help others.
Battery World, together with Century Yuasa Australia, is throwing support behind Australia’s most trusted charity: for the last four years Readers Digest has ranked Guide Dogs Australia accordingly.
Commercial Partnerships National Manager Sacha Koltun said funding from Battery World and Century Yuasa would go towards training two dogs: a process that takes upward of two years.
“Just like Battery World provides 24 hour guidance and assistance and keeps people moving, so do our beautiful guide dogs for people who are blind or have low vision,” Sasha said, “With the support of Battery World franchises and their wonderful employees and customers, Guide Dogs Australia can continue to provide free and essential services, like Guide Dogs to children, teenagers and adults who are blind or have low vision.”
Guide Dogs will celebrate its 60th Jubilee in 2017 and what attracted Battery World franchisees to adopting the charity was the ability of this organisation to provide care for both children and adults and also extend its footprint to autism and aged care.
Battery World National Franchise Delegate committee president Tom Spence said the franchisee charity committee was impressed Guide Dogs was trailing a program to train dogs determined to be unsuitable for work with the blind to work in Pet Therapy, including children with autism.
“Our committee really felt this was a charity that was inclusive of the whole population,” Mr Spence said, “In the past our stores have fundraised for charities from Bravehearts and Camp Quality, to Autism Research and Drought Relief.
“What impressed us about Guide Dogs Australia is they do not just train dogs to help the blind, they run the entire gamut of support. From the moment a person loses their sight, Guide Dogs is on the journey with them providing social workers, occupational therapists even psychologists to help them adjust to this dramatic change in their lives. From using a cane to start mobility to the time they are matched with a dog: Guide Dogs offers phenomenal support.”
Ms Koltun said guiding was a complex and demanding task for a dog so it was great there were career opportunities for those not quite suited.
“It’s like finding the right job for the right person – just like Battery World franchisees,” she said. “We are thrilled to have Battery World and Century Yuasa Australia as partners to help spread the word of the amazing work these dogs do.
“The love, dedication, energy and hope invested in the training of each puppy prepares them for a life of assisting people in need. Our comprehensive matching process ensures our dogs go to a person most suited to them. Depending on their specific skills, personality and temperament, a puppy in training may graduate as a Guide Dog, or be selected as a Companion, Assistance or Therapy Dog.
“Puppies that are selected to become Guide Dogs undergo an intensive six month formal training program that begins at about 16-18 months of age.”
Throughout summer Battery World together with Century Yuasa Australia will donate $1 from the sale of every Century or Yuasa Automotive battery. It is hoped to raise more than $70,000 for Guide Dogs Australia.