Join Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs on the journey of a lifetime as you trek the rugged and untamed beauty of Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, while making a life-changing difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision.
This is your chance to really immerse yourself in the rugged and untouched beauty of the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s North East Coast. Named by Lonely Planet as some of the world’s ‘Most Beautiful Beaches’, there’s no doubt the Bay of Fires lives up to its reputation.
Your exclusive trek will take you across stunning coastlines and pristine beaches. Along the way, you’ll gaze over crystal-clear waters and marvel at bright-orange-lichen-covered boulders as you walk across magnificent bays. Departing from Launceston, you’ll visit Mt William National Park, the historic lighthouse at Eddystone Point, Ansons Bay and the sweeping, pristine Bay of Fires Conservation Area.
Expert guides will lead you across magnificent beaches and you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters of Tasmania’s East Coast while zig-zagging your way across granite headlands featuring extraordinary rock formations. Walking almost entirely on beaches, your adventure will be an active, yet relaxing escape with guides who will drive, cook and care for you. This is your chance to travel with purpose and create real change in people’s lives… and in yourself.
By participating in the Seeing Eye Dogs: Bay of Fires Adventure, you’ll raise vital funds for Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs to help care for and train pups to become Seeing Eye Dogs. You’ll make a big difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision.
A truly soulful experience, you will reminisce about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure for years to come.
On the Seeing Eye Dogs: Bay of Fires Adventure you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in a physically challenging hike in our own beautiful backyard, while fundraising in support of people who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.
For a person living with blindness or low vision, feeling isolated from others around you can be a daily part of life, this does not need to be the case. Seeing Eye Dogs are an essential part of assisting individuals, apart from being a constant companion, they provide much needed guidance and independence for people who would otherwise be unable to undertake day-to-day activities.
Everyone who participates in Seeing Eye Dogs: Bay of Fires Adventure will be raising a minimum of $3,000 per person or $5,000 per pair. These funds will be pooled together with other participants’ to help breed, care for and train pups to become Seeing Eye Dogs and make a big difference to Australians who are blind or have low vision. Our breeding program welcomes around 200 puppies per annum, that’s a lot of hungry mouths to feed, to find volunteer carers for and to train in any given year. Your financial support is therefore critical.
Here’s how your fundraising can make a difference:
$30 can help fund the cost of equipment like the special harnesses and leads needed for a Seeing Eye Dog
$50 will keep Seeing Eye Dogs that are in training happy and healthy with vaccinations with regular vet check-ups
$100 can support essential puppy social training activities like learning to ride public transport
$480 can help pay for 8 intensive training sessions (it takes around 500 hours to train a puppy all the way to graduation)
$500 can help pay for a week’s in-house training for a blind person with their new Seeing Eye Dog
There are many creative and fun ways in which you can fundraise. To help get you started we have created an Online Fundraising Resource Hub containing an A-Z guide of fundraising ideas, “how to” guides for certain events and sample press releases and corporate sponsorship letters. Upon registration you will be given the password to access. You will also have regular support from the Soulful Concepts team, who will help you develop a fundraising plan tailored to your network. In addition you will also be supported by Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs.
* Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip