COLLECTORS NEEDED

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The Blind Foun­da­tion needs more vol­un­teers for its an­nual Blind Week street col­lec­tion early next month. With at least three New Zealan­ders a day re­ferred to the Blind Foun­da­tion for sup­port with blind­ness or sight loss, the an­nual ap­peal is more im­por­tant than ever, says its chief ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Budd. This year’s ap­peal is on Fri­day and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6-7, and vol­un­teers can sign up www.blindweek.org.nz. ‘‘Right now we’re only able to reach a third of the peo­ple who need our help but, with more sup­port we can do so much more, par­tic­u­larly for our young peo­ple,’’ Budd says. ‘‘The Blind Foun­da­tion is here for all Ki­wis af­fected by blind­ness or sight loss, but it’s only pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port from the pub­lic. Our vol­un­teers help us raise much-needed funds to pro­vide prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port for peo­ple to face their fu­ture with con­fi­dence.’’

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