Easy lis­ten­ing on the ra­dio


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Sion­nie Kelly

Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton vol­un­teer Peter O’Con­nor is part of a dy­namic duo with his faith­ful guide dog Grenville.

The pair can of­ten be seen sit­ting side-by-side as Mr O’Con­nor op­er­ates the panel for Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton’s ra­dio ser­vice.

Mr O’Con­nor has no sight in his left eye and tun­nel vi­sion in his right eye but this has not stopped him from pur­su­ing his pas­sion for ra­dio and vol­un­teer­ing.

He has been vol­un­teer­ing at Vi­sion Aus­tralia for four years and said it was im­por­tant to give back to the or­gan­i­sa­tion which had helped him so much.

‘‘I’m pas­sion­ate about ra­dio in gen­eral for vi­sion­im­paired peo­ple and lo­cal in­for­ma­tion shar­ing,’’ Mr O’Con­nor said.

‘‘(And vol­un­teer­ing) is bet­ter than stay­ing at home and sort of wast­ing your life — why not get out there and do some­thing?’’

Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Pam Power said they would be hold­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions about tech­ni­cal op­er­at­ing and pre­sent­ing soon and were en­cour­ag­ing Happy: peo­ple with to at­tend.

Ms Power said the pre­sen­ter and ra­dio in­for­ma­tion ses­sion would cover what Vi­sion Aus­tralia was, an in­ter­est how they helped the com­mu­nity, what role vol­un­teers played in the ra­dio ser­vice and what pre­sent­ing in­volved.

There would then be a break fol­lowed by a tech­ni­cal op­er­at­ing ses­sion which looked at what peo­ple did in the role.

‘‘It’s a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple out there who have thought about join­ing com­mu­nity ra­dio or be­ing in­volved as a vol­un­teer with ra­dio but weren’t quite sure what it was about or where to start,’’ she said.

‘‘They can just come along, lis­ten to what we’ve all got to say, make up their own mind and if they want to be in­volved they’ve just got to put their hand up and we can start that process.’’

Mr O’Con­nor said ra­dio was in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for those who were vi­sion­im­paired.

‘‘Read­ing a news­pa­per is okay for those who can read print but Vi­sion Aus­tralia is about turn­ing print into sound, it would take a lot to read a news­pa­per out of a mag­ni­fier,’’ he said. ● The tech­ni­cal op­er­a­tor and pre­sen­ter/reader in­for­ma­tion ses­sions are on Thurs­day, May 11, at Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton, cor­ner of Archer St and Chan­nel Rd in Shep­par­ton. The pre­sen­ter/reader in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will run from 9 am to 10 am and the tech­ni­cal op­er­a­tor ses­sion will be held from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. If in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing ei­ther of th­ese ses­sions, you must reg­is­ter your at­ten­dance to Pam Power by phon­ing 5831 9400 or email­ing pam.power@vi­sion­aus­tralia. org by May 5. To lis­ten to Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton tune into 100.1FM.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Vi­sion Aus­tralia Shep­par­ton vol­un­teer Peter O’Con­nor en­joys pan­elling for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ra­dio ser­vice with guide dog Grenville by his side.

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