Last week we were excited to welcome Guide Dogs SA/NT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia, Board Member, Katie Sarah, and their four-legged friend, Esky, to join CMV Group Foundation Trustees Paul, David and Michael Crawford, for an exciting vehicle handover at CMI Toyota West Terrace.
Thanks to support from the CMV Group Foundation (formed by our parent company, the CMV Group), Guide Dogs SA/NT were able to update their old fleet of Community Volunteer vehicles with three new Toyota Corolla Hybrids.
These vehicles will play a vital role in enabling the Guide Dogs SA/NT clinicians to travel safely across South Australia and the Northern Territory to provide their vital services to people with vision impairment or blindness.
Last financial year the Guide Dogs SA/NT Vision Services team spent more than 1,300 hours travelling across South Australia and the Northern Territory to support their clients.
“Thanks to the support of the CMV Group Foundation, we have been able to replace three of our old vehicles with fantastic new Toyota vehicles from CMI Toyota,” says Guide Dogs SA/NT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia.
“The new vehicles will enable our clinicians to continue supporting clients in both local and regional areas, and will also reduce our operating costs through features such as greater fuel efficiency.
“We are sincerely grateful for the generosity of the Crawford family and the CMV Group Foundation, and proud to be associated with one of South Australia’s longest privately-owned family businesses.”
A fourth vehicle, a new RAV4 Hybrid will be delivered in the coming months and will play an important role in enabling their amazing volunteers to distribute, collect and maintain Guide Dogs SA/NT’s iconic Collection Dogs and tap-to-donate machines in the community.
CMV Group Foundation Trustee, David Crawford says, “On behalf of the Crawford family and the CMV Group Foundation, we are proud to support the life changing services Guide Dogs SA/NT provide within our community.
“It is wonderful to know that the vehicles supplied by CMI Toyota will play an important role in ensuring the Guide Dogs SA/NT clinicians will be able to travel safely across SA and NT.
“We enjoyed having the chance to learn more about the incredible programs and personalised support Guide Dogs SA/NT offer clients to maximise their independence.”
We are extremely proud to be able to support the life changing services Guide Dogs SA/NT provide to those living with a vision impairment and we look forward to seeing the new vehicles out and about on the roads!
Find out more about the Guide Dogs SA/NT here
The CMV Group Foundation was formed in 1953 by Sidney Crawford, founder of the CMV Group. Since then, substantial funds have been channelled towards assisting those less fortunate in our wider communities. Find out more here.