Guide Dogs leads the way for most trusted charities

Volunteer Ken Stephen from the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council with Saxon the Guide Dog in training.
Volunteer Ken Stephen from the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council with Saxon the Guide Dog in training. Dave Noonan

LIKE the trust shared between a guide dog and its owner, the public has shown its affection for an organisation that empowers those who are blind or vision impaired.

Guide Dogs Australia topped the list of the nation's most trusted charities in the 2013 Reader's Digest Trusted Brand poll.

It was a result that didn't surprise Ken Stephen from the Toowoomba and District Masonic Lodge.

Mr Stephen is a volunteer for the organisation and the lodge recently donated $3300 towards the charity.

"The people of Toowoomba are very generous," he said.

"When we're out selling raffle tickets, the people come to you."

Receiving no government funding to train the guide dogs, the organisation relies heavily on support from the community and corporate sectors.

With the demand for guide dogs increasing, and costing $30,000 to raise and train, the public's generosity is vital.

Business development manager for Guide Dogs Queensland Aileen McGregor-Lowndes said it was an enormous honour to have the public hold the charity in such high esteem.

"To be working for the most trusted charity is a great feeling of empowerment," she said.

Toowoomba also rated as the most generous place in the state, topping the list for the most generous donors to Guide Dogs Queensland.

 

Most trusted charities

  • Guide Dogs Australia
  • Australian Red Cross
  • RSPCA
  • The Salvation Army

 

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