January 21, 2011

Winnick Family Foundation Commended for Supporting Guide Dog Program For Visually Impaired Israelis

Posted in Philanthropy at 4:28 pm by philanthropynews

The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind has helped nearly 400 visually impaired Israelis since 1991 by training dogs to respond to commands, familiarizing them with local Israeli streets, as well as safety protocols.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011 –  The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind has commended the Winnick Family Foundation for its contributions in support of the Center’s guide dog program. The Center, based at the Beit Oved cooperative in central Israel, has aided nearly 400 visually impaired Israelis since its founding two decades ago.

Said Gary Winnick: “The wonderful animals trained by the Center profoundly improve the quality of life of blind people every day by providing them with mobility, independence and self confidence. We are proud to support that effort.”

The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind was established in January of 1991, just prior to the Gulf War with Tillie, a Yellow Lab from England. The first graduate was Haim Tsur, a concert violinist from Jerusalem who graduated in June of that year. Today, there are 27,000 legally blind Israelis, but less than 300 active working guide-dog partnerships in that country.

(Read more via PR Web.)

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