Meet Blind Foundation client Stevi Irvine who has been involved with the Blind Foundation since she was six months old.

Stevi is from mystical Matamata in the Waikato region, home to the set of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

She is currently in her second year at university where she is studying child psychology, which she describes as challenging but extremely interesting.

When not studying, Stevi enjoys photography, music and spending time with friends.

Stevi is a youth leader for the Blind Foundation and attended the Taupo Summer Camp, along with nine other young adult leaders, earlier this year. She also regularly collects for Blind Foundation street appeals such as Red Puppy Appeal which she will be attending this year along with her guide dog Halo.

Stevi’s partnership with Halo began almost a year ago and Stevi says that having Halo has totally changed her outlook on life.

“Halo has given me independence and confidence which I am so grateful for, because of Halo I am very much looking forward to the future. Halo comes with me everywhere.  She comes shopping, to the gym, we even walk up a local mountain together. Nothing seems to faze her, she’s always ready and waiting for the next adventure,” says Stevi.

There are many others who are still waiting for their Halo, so if you haven’t already, sign up to collect or coordinate during this years Red Puppy Appeal.