Keen to do more for blind

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The call has gone out for volunteers to fill the ranks of the Blind Foundation Gore Community Committee.
Blind Foundation recreation and volunteer co-ordinator Chris Moffitt, who is based in Dunedin, met Gore committee members late last week and said they were keen to recruit younger people.
The committee has about six members and most are over 60. Some have served on the committee for more than 30 years.
Being a committee member was not arduous and training was provided, he said. Committee members provided services for foundation members.
One service the committee provided was a telephone information service which involved volunteers reading news from newspapers including The Ensign and its parent paper the Otago Daily Times. The service also provides access to Blind Foundation information.
‘‘We have about five local readers,’’ he said.
Other national newspapers are offered, read bypeople in other areas.
Mr Moffitt was keen for the committee to provide more activities, such as craft, walking and book groups, he said.
Most of the foundation’s Gore district members had age-related sight impairment, he said.
There were 12,000 people with sight impairment in New Zealand, with most in the 80-plus age group.
Long-time Gore group member Elmer Curry said there were about 50 Blind Foundation members locally, including five children.
Mr Curry was unsure when the group was established but said it was in existence when he moved to the town in 1972, he said.
Mr Curry said the committee organised spring and autumn afternoon tea get-togethers and a Christmas dinner. – For further information contact Mr Curry on (03) 208-6123.