Turning out to support blind
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.