Marita is a mum of two who wants the freedom, safety and independence to bring up her children
When Ryan, Marita’s husband, experienced walking blindfolded with a Guide Dog, he understood how crucial a Guide Dog was to keep his wife safe.
Marita, now 34, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa 17 years ago. She has tunnel vision and cannot see a thing at night. Her vision has worsened to the point where she is now legally blind.
I couldn’t drive my children anywhere anymore
“When I was 30, it hit me. I’d become a mum of two and I couldn’t drive my children anywhere anymore. Taking them to the shops, to school or to birthday parties took a lot of planning, time and effort.
“I had to plan for things other mums wouldn’t even give a second thought.”
Marita will have to wait for months before a dog is trained and matched to her, but knowing that we can start the training today will give her hope and confidence in the future.
A Guide Dog will give Marita the independence, safety and pace of life she requires to travel, work, and look after her young daughters.
A Guide Dog will help Marita live her life the way she wants to – and not be limited by her vision impairment any more than she has to.
“As my eyes get worse and my kids get older, I find that I’m having to make the transition from the white cane to a Guide Dog. I need to be able to move as freely and as quickly as possible.
“I understand my limitations but I still want to do everything I can to make life as normal as possible for my children.”