OUR DOGS ENABLE PEOPLETO LIVE THEIR LIVES!
Avi made Aliyah from Ethiopia aged eight. He was diagnosed with glaucoma at 12 and lost his eyesight completely at 19. Today, at 37, he is married with six children, and as well as the two tour guide jobs he holds, he also lectures and talks to various groups about blindness and disability and the acceptance of disabled people into society.
His motivation for what he does is inspired by his unwavering Jewish faith, his fellow humans and himself.
Avi is also a talented ‘elite’ runner. He has taken part in many competitions both in and outside of Israel, culminating in the 2019 London Marathon which he completed in 3.07 hours. “I’ve never been to London before, and I know that it is the capital of sport and it’s a dream come true to be travelling there.” His goal is to return to the UK to compete in the London Marathon and beat his previous time.
Avi has, previously, had two guide dogs from the Centre, but during his partnership with his second guide dog, his wife developed a severe allergy to the dog, and he had to give it up. During the time between his second dog and his third and current guide dog, his wife received treatment which allowed her to successfully recover from her allergy and allowed Avi to request another dog.
Avi was one of the first clients to train at the Centre after the Coronavirus lockdown was lifted. “I’m very happy and relieved to be here to partner with Nike since for my work I have to travel all over Israel by public transport. Nike is a young but calm dog.
I think that we will do very well together.”
Nike and I will do very well together. He will help make my dreams come true.
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The Israel Guide Dog Centre is dedicated to improving the quality of life of blind and disabled Israelis.
Founded in 1991, the Israel Guide Dog Centre operates the only internationally accredited guide dog programme in the country. We are members of the International Guide Dog Federation. We provide our guide and service dogs free of charge to clients suffering from sight loss and other challenges, such as autism and PTSD. We are a small charity making a huge difference, but this is only possible thanks to the support we receive from you.