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Society calls for help

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, July 21, 2014

FIJI Society for the Blind is seeking support from the public, business houses, corporate agencies and service organisations to help students who are visually-impaired in their annual appeal fundraising drive this month.

The society hopes to raise $80,000 this year, which is to provide better facilities such as their school hostel renovation and modern equipment to be used by the visually-impaired children at the society.

Fiji Society for the Blind executive director Barbara Farouk said the society's annual fundraising appeal targeted to raise $80,000 in three months period — from June 19 to September 19.

"About 65,000 appeal letters has been sent to all the postal box holders in Fiji and 1 litre cash tins has been distributed to all the schools in Suva, Nausori and Navua for their support," Mrs Farouk said.

"The amount that we hope to raise is the same every year and this method of fundraising has been in practice for the past 44 years.

"All the blind and visually-impaired children and adults will benefit tremendously from this appeal and the money will be used for providing better facilities and equipment."

She said equipment such as braillers, embossers, thermoform machines, special softwares, CCTV, magnifiers and other utilities such as maintenance of school buses, buildings and maintaining rehabilitation services for the blind and visually-impaired in communities were things the funds raised would be used for.

"The children need to adjust to the usage of modern technologies and to educate a blind person is really a very expensive affair.

"The society thanks companies that have helped the children who are visually-impaired and have contributed towards raffles and auction bidding through which we raised about $2000."





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