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ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS NEWS RELEASE ยท

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RAAF PR S4225/68

RAAF MEN HELP A BLINDED SERVICEMAN

S a ig o n , J u ly 18. - RAAF airm en a t Phan Rang a r e d o n a tin g

1000 d o l l a r s to t r a i n a g u id e dog f o r an A u s t r a l i a n serv ice m an

b lin d e d i n V ietnam . .

They r a i s e d 500 d o l l a r s a t a games n i g h t , and gave th e o th e r

500 d o l l a r s from t h e i r C lub p r o f i t s .

The men a r e members o f No. 2 ( C a n b e rra ) j e t bomber S quadron,

w hich i s b a se d a t Phan Rang, 165 m ile s n o r th e a s t o f S a ig o n .

One o f th e c lu b members, LAC I a n S te w a r t, s a i d th e id e a

o f a s e e in g eye dog came up i n A p r i l .

"We w ere th ro w in g a few id e a s aro u n d on how we c o u ld h e lp

some w o rth y c a u s e , " he s a i d . "Someone s u g g e s te d a s e e in g eye dog f o r

a se rv ic e m a n b lin d e d i n V ietnam . We h e ld a games n i g h t w hich r e a l i s e d

500 d o l l a r s b u t we h e a rd t h a t a s e e in g eye dog c o s t s 1000 d o l l a r s to

t r a i n . So a t a Club m e e tin g t h i s m onth, we d e c id e d t o d o n a te th e r e s t

from p r o f i t s w hich have b een made" .

The C lub h a s w r i t t e n to R .S .L . H e a d q u a rte rs i n A u s t r a l i a to

g e t d e t a i l s o f b lin d e d s e rv ic e m e n . " A ll we n e e d a r e d e t a i l s , and we

w i l l sen d th e money o f f " LAC S te w a rt s a i d . "Any b lin d e d serv ice m en

i s p ro b a b ly c o v e re d by r e p a t r i a t i o n b u t we w ould s t i l l l i k e o u r money

t o go to w ard s t r a i n i n g a s e e in g eye dog f o r one. P r o f i t s from th e

Club u s u a l l y go to w a rd s im provem ents, new f u r n i t u r e , b a r s t o o l s , ic e

m aking m achines. But a s we p r o g r e s s we w ant more w o rth y c a u s e s back

home t o h e lp "

E n q u i r i e s :

D epartm ent o f A ir

D i r e c t o r a t e o f P u b lic R e la tio n s

R u s s e ll O f fic e s

CANBERRA ACT

T elephone No W orking H ours 652321-22-23

A f te r H ours 815785 1 8 th J u ly , 1968