Ace Has Popularity in Spades

06 December 2016 | NSW Taxi Council

Thanks to generous donations from NSW taxi drivers, networks and the NSW Taxi Council, an adorable ebony-coated Guide Dog sponsor puppy now has an official name.

“Ace” was introduced to attendees at the NSW Taxi Industry State Conference official dinner in October 2016.

The dinner event, sponsored by Cabcharge and supported by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, was attended by taxi industry representatives and special guests from across the country, converging on Australia’s largest taxi market.

Guide Dog naming event - October 2016
(l-r) NSW Taxi Council CEO Roy Wakelin-King with Guide Dog Sponsor Puppy "Ace" and representatives from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Hannah Allsopp and Jennifer Moon

NSW Taxi Council CEO Roy Wakelin-King personally thanked the taxi drivers and networks who dipped into their own pockets to help fund Ace as the latest Guide Dog sponsored puppy.

“The NSW Taxi Council greatly appreciates the ongoing partnership with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, which is emblematic of the NSW Taxi Industry’s commitment to the best possible customer service for people with special needs,” he said.

“It is vital that we work with taxi drivers to ensure they have an ongoing understanding of their responsibilities as a public transport service provider and, for this reason, and we are thankful for the advice and guidance from staff at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to help achieve this outcome.

“It takes more than two years and over $35,000 to breed, raise and train a Guide Dog puppy with the ultimate aim of them becoming a trusted, loving companion of someone with vision impairment.

“It’s wonderful to hear the feedback from the likes of NSW South Coast resident Elaine Heskett, who now has Darcy, a previous NSW Taxi Council sponsored puppy, as her Guide Dog. The difference a fully trained Guide Dog can make to someone’s life makes this a great cause and one we will always support.”

It is hoped that Ace will one day provide independence to someone who is vision impaired. He may also be suited to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT’s Pets As Therapy program, which provides support to people who are isolated or disadvantaged due to disability, age or ill health.

“There is always more work to do and, as an industry, we are fully committed to ensuring positive outcomes for the transport needs and expectations of all passengers,” Mr Wakelin-King said.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Executive General Manager, Leila Davis said with less than two per cent of the organisation’s funding needs coming from the government, Guide Dogs is dependent on the generosity of the people of NSW and the ACT.

“We are incredibly grateful to the NSW Taxi Council and drivers for helping us assist those who are vision impaired,” she said. 

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Donate to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT by emailing: or calling: 1800 436 364 (9am - 5pm weekdays).