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Nicole’s climb to empower and give back

July 29, 2020

Mother-of-two Nicole Forbes-Hood will take on the life-changing Mt Kilimanjaro Climb for Guide Dogs, proving to her children vision loss doesn’t stop you from reaching your dreams.

“Both my children are vision impaired, so part of the reason I decided to do this was to show them they don’t have to let their disability define them,” Nicole said.

Nicole was born with a rare condition called Aniridia and has been legally blind her whole life.

“My condition basically means that I don’t have an iris and the eye is not fully developed so no corrective surgery or glasses will help,” Nicole explained.

“I can see light and dark in one eye and I have a small amount of residual vision in my other eye.”

Thanks to the support of donors like you, both Nicole and her daughter received Orientation and Mobility training through Guide Dogs, providing them with vital skills and independence.

Nicole sitting on the grass with her husband and two kids.

Nicole is now part of the Mt Kilimanjaro team hoping to raise $100,000 for Guide Dogs through the epic trek, scheduled for September 2021.

“It’s amazing that I have the chance to give back to an organisation that provides such incredible support to people with similar conditions to mine,” Nicole said.

Are you up for a challenge? Join Nicole and the team supporting Guide Dogs. Visit or call Lisa on 07 3500 9075.


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