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Dine in the Dark serves up guide dog funds

Ian Brown from The Freemasons will support Dining in the Dark to raise money for guide dogs.
Ian Brown from The Freemasons will support Dining in the Dark to raise money for guide dogs. Inga Williams

IPSWICH Freemasons will be asking diners to put themselves into the shoes of a vision-impaired person later this month - and it could get messy.

Although the overall message is a serious one, Dine in the Dark is designed to allow participants to have a good time over a good meal, while also recognising the everyday battles of life without vision.

With their inaugural Dine in the Dark event attracting 52 people and raising $2000 last year, the Freemasons look to be onto a winner.

Diners are blindfolded and given a full apron before tucking into a two-course meal - the idea is to get as much as possible into your mouth and not on the apron.

Freemason Ian Brown said it was a challenge that people responded to in different ways.

"Some people have no idea what they are digging the fork into or how big of a portion they are trying to shove into their mouth," he said.

"I was amazed though at how seriously people took the challenge last year."

Along with the $2000 raised from the event itself, the Freemasons' benevolent fund was able to add another $2000.

Such contributions are vital for the ongoing training of guide dogs for the vision-impaired, which costs $30,000 per puppy.

Guide Dogs Queensland trains up to 30 dogs per year, teaming them up with vision-impaired people across the state.

With many of last year's diners promising to come back, the Freemasons are confident of attracting up to 100 people to this year's event, to be staged at the Ipswich Showgrounds reception centre.

In addition to the meal, diners will enjoy live music, auctions of art and sporting memorabilia, and raffles - the proceeds of which will all go to the guide dogs.

The Dine in the Dark event will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds reception centre from 6.30pm on Saturday, August 30.

Tickets can be pre-purchased.

Phone Ian Brown on 0431 034 852 for details.


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