Up to 100 guests are expected to attend the annual Ipswich Dining in the Dark fundraiser, later this month, where they will get a taste of what it’s like to be blind or vision impaired.
Hosted by the Freemasons of Ipswich in support of Guide Dogs Queensland, guests will sit down to a hearty two-course meal while blindfolded, play sensory games, be part of a dynamic live auction and take home some incredible raffle prizes.
United Tradesmen’s Masonic Lodge representative Ian Brown said this year guests would also be able to put on their blindfolds and have a go at being guided through an obstacle course by a guide dog in training.
“While the event is good fun, we’re there to raise funds for a very important cause. The activities are designed to allow people to walk in the shoes of someone with low or no vision, to get an idea of the challenges they face,” Ian said.
“The funds we raise on the night will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland and donated to Guide Dogs Queensland to help provide services like guide dog mobility, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, and counselling to Queenslanders with low or no vision,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said empowering Queenslanders with low or no vision to lead more independent lives aligned with the organisation’s values and is the reason why they continue to support the event, which has gone from strength to strength, collectively raising over $38K in the last four years.
“We strive to support initiatives that alleviate suffering and empower people to lead better lives. We also look to provide a hand up for charitable organisations that have limited access to other avenues of funding, as is the case with Guide Dogs Queensland,” Gary said.
“By working closely with United Tradesmen’s Lodge, we will be increasing the impact of their charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.
The fifth annual Dining in the Dark event will be held at the Ipswich Reception Centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday 13 October. Guest must be seated by 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Ian Brown on 0431 034 852 or Jim Williams on 0428 874 911. Please note, only 20 spots are available for guests wanting to have a go at being guided by a guide dog in-training, so book now and be sure to arrive by 5pm.
Photo: Ian Brown and Jim Williams of United Tradesmen’s Lodge have been hard at work promoting the Ipswich Dining in the Dark fundraiser.