What will I be doing on the day?
The Boss’ Blind Date challenge will start at 9am when you will don your blindfold and adjust to your lack of vision. As well as completing as much of your normal work as practical, your challenge will be to complete additional activities throughout the day while blindfolded (outlined in your official Boss’ Blind Date welcome kit). The difficulties you will encounter carrying out these simple everyday tasks in complete darkness will provide you with unique insight into what it is like to navigate your world with little or no vision.
At around 3pm it will be time to take off your blindfold and spend some time readjusting to life with vision and reflecting on your experience throughout the day. This will leave you with some time to complete any remaining work tasks.
How will I raise funds for Guide Dogs?
Register here and create your own personalised fundraising page to facilitate donations from your supporters. You will then engage with friends, family, business contacts and work colleagues about Boss’s Blind Date and the difference their donations will make to the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired. To make this easier, we have developed some templates for you to use and adapt when you are approaching your contacts to support you. The more money you raise; the more impact you will make to the lives of South Australians in need.
We also recommend you make use of social media to spread the word in the lead up and on the day of the challenge. You can follow Guide Dogs SA/NT on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for inspirational posts to share, and use the hashtag #bossblinddate when posting your best blindfold selfies!
Will I receive training?
Absolutely! You will be asked to nominate someone to be your Human Guide (preferably a colleague), who will help you on the day of the challenge. We recommend you choose a staff member such as an EA, who knows you and your workplace well. Both you and your Human Guide will receive a two-hour training session, run by an experienced Orientation & Mobility Instructor at Guide Dogs. This practical training will teach you and your Human Guide techniques to safely navigate your environment. You will also be provided with tips on how to use your other senses to assist with your orientation.
Will I be able to remove my blindfold if I need a break?
We strongly encourage you to keep the blindfold on for the entire day. This will enhance your experience and enable you to meet all challenges in good faith. If you feel unwell or unsafe, communicate this to your Human Guide, remove your blindfold in a dark room and allow time to adjust your vision and balance.
What happens if I feel unsafe?
You will not be left on your own. Your Human Guide should be with you at all times.
How will I adjust safely back to being ‘sighted’ at the end of the day?
Remove your blindfold in a dark room, and spend some time adjusting your vision and balance. This is important – please ensure you take this time slowly and reflect on your experience throughout the day
How will I be able to complete the challenges blindfolded?
The set activities for you to complete are designed to be challenging, but achievable. To assist you with your challenges, when you hit your first fundraising milestone of $500, you will receive a kit of assistive devices to help you throughout your day. This will include some of the adaptive aids that Guide Dogs provide to people with low vision or vision loss to help them complete their daily activities.
How can I engage my colleagues?
As we mentioned, we’ll provide you with templates to send out to your colleagues letting them know all about how they can support you in completing the Boss’s Blind Date challenge. One great idea is to present at a staff meeting in the lead up to the challenge or on the day, to get your staff on board and enthused. Another way to engage your colleagues is by asking them to suggest tailored challenges for you to complete, in addition to the set challenges.