Flight carriers Scoot and Tigerair have agreed to sponsor return flights to Australia to help the Guide Dogs Association of the Blind (GDAB) bring in more guide dogs for the visually impaired.
The sponsorship is for a period of one year will see the airline sponsoring six return flights from Australia and Singapore. This is until March next year. GDAB is also looking to send candidates for training courses on guide dog mobility and orientation to Australia through the sponsorship.
Prior to the sponsorship, Scoot-Tigerair played a part in the transfer of two guide dogs from Australia last month and June last year. The airline currently allows certified guide dogs on board its flights and has trained cabin crew on board to help those who are visually impaired.
Through the sponsorship, GDAB also aims to strengthen its training capabilities and increase the number of guide dogs available in Singapore. Currently, the association partners with Guide Dogs Victoria in Melbourne in the procurement of guide dogs.
“Scoot and Tigerair are happy to support GDAB’s effort to enhance the mobility of the visually impaired in our community. This is in line with our brand DNA to empower our guests to embark on exciting travel adventures. We will continue our efforts to improve our capabilities to assist customers with special needs,” Leslie Thng, CCO of Scoot and Tigerair, said.
“We are delighted and most grateful to receive this sponsorship from Scoot-Tigerair in support of our work to provide visually impaired Singaporeans with guide dogs. With Scoot-Tigerair’s experience in transferring guide dogs, it will not only ease the cost of transfer but also ensure the process seamless and stress-free,” Lee Sutton, vice-chairman of GDAB, said.
The non-profit voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 2006, works to enhance the quality of life for the blind and those who are visually impaired, by giving them training and by running rehabilitation programmes.