Turn­ing out to sup­port blind

Waipa Post - - News -

Vol­un­teers are pre­par­ing to hit the streets to raise vi­tal funds for the Blind Foun­da­tion dur­ing their Blind Week street col­lec­tion this Fri­day and Satur­day.

Every day, an av­er­age of four New Zealan­ders turn to the Blind Foun­da­tion for sup­port with sight loss.

Karen Chong, from Auck­land, is one of thou­sands of vol­un­teers gear­ing up to sup­port the Blind Week fundrais­ing ap­peal.

For Karen, it is a cause close to her heart. She is the lo­cal vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor for West Auck­land, and hap­pens to be low vi­sion her­self.

“I am so grate­ful to the Blind Foun­da­tion for be­ing there to of­fer help and sup­port when my eye­sight de­te­ri­o­rated from a ge­netic con­di­tion.

“I have re­ceived mo­bil­ity train­ing from the Blind Foun­da­tion team.

“They taught me to move around in­de­pen­dently, pro­tect­ing my­self from ob­sta­cles.

“They have also taught my hus­band how to guide me when we are out and about.”

An avid reader, Karen also uses the Blind Foun­da­tion li­brary ser­vices reg­u­larly.

“I like to read a lot but with my eye­sight not as good now, I have moved to lis­ten­ing to a lot of au­dio­books. They have an amaz­ing se­lec­tion of au­dio­books, mag­a­zines, and even news­pa­pers for vis­ually im­paired peo­ple like me to use.”

The Blind Foun­da­tion pro­vides prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port, help­ing peo­ple ad­just to life with­out sight.

Ser­vices in­clude prac­ti­cal sup­port in liv­ing in­de­pen­dently, help with tech­nol­ogy, ways to con­tinue read­ing and ad­vice on stay­ing in or look­ing for work.

The Foun­da­tion’s work is sup­ported by the pub­lic.

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