Sunday 5th March brought 200 guests to the Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse for an exciting day of horse racing at the National Hunt Finale and to raise vital funds for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) at the charity’s annual Race Day.
Dragon’s Den’s Gavin Duffy was MC for the day, hosting a lively auction, with some fantastic prizes including a football boot signed by Lionel Messi, an Arsenal jersey worn by Thierry Henry when he played his last game for Arsenal which is signed by the team, tickets to the Ireland v Wales soccer match with the buyer leading the Irish team out onto the pitch before the match. The auction alone raised €3,195 on the day, with a total of just over €18,000 raised in total.
Race goers were treated to wine reception while receiving exclusive tips from resident Leopardstown tipster Greg Manahan. A three-course silver service lunch followed as guests enjoyed the last of the jumps season at this pre-Cheltenham event.
NCBI is Ireland’s national charity working for the rising number of people affected by sight loss. The money raised by the event will go directly to fund NCBI’s practical and emotional advice and supports, which help 8,000 people and their families face their futures with confidence every year.
Chris White, CEO of NCBI says: “Every day in our centres across the country, we provide practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services and hands-on training to help people who are blind or vision impaired to live independently and confidently.”
“There are currently 51,718 people with sight loss in Ireland and this number is rising. We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our Race Day guests and supporters. Without their generous support NCBI wouldn’t be able to sustain, let alone improve, the range of services we will provide to thousands of people with sight loss this year.”
As a charity, NCBI must raise €3 million annually just to keep operating at its current levels. That equates to €4 out of every €10 we spend on vital services.
NCBI is passionate about ensuring that anyone affected by sight loss is given the support and tools they need to live life to the full. Its rehabilitation training, community supports, counselling services, technology provisions and library services help to tackle the isolation that is often experienced by people with sight loss.
For more information contact Roisin Maxwell, Communications Executive, NCBI on 0857628536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Maxwell Photography.