For Immediate Release
Vintage tractors will be the order of the day at the much loved Jimmy Byrne Annual Vintage Run in Ballitore Co. Kildare this month. The event in aid of the NCBI and other local charities is a firm fixture in the Kildare calendar and will take place on the 22nd and 23rd July.
Wonderful family fun is in store over the weekend festivities two days including live music on the streets, fancy dress, line dancing, bouncing castles, pony rides and face painting.
A delicious BBQ will add to the party atmosphere.
A hard working committee, spearheaded by Jimmy Byrne himself who lost his sight ten years ago, is ensuring that the event goes off to plan.
Cora McEvoy, Committee Secretary says “This is the fifth year of the event and we feel that is a milestone all of its own. The support from the local people and business is just wonderful and community spirit is alive and well in Ballitore”.
“We are working hard to make sure there is something for everybody to enjoy over the weekend and people are generous as they know the money is going to excellent causes. I would urge people to get out and support us, have the craic in the knowledge that they are helping hard working charities like the NCBI do more to support people who are blind and vision impaired”.
The Jimmy Byrne Annual Vintage Run gets underway on Saturday 22nd July at 6pm with a duck race in the River Greese .
See y’all there!
For further information contact Sally McEllistim NCBI 01 8821975 / 086 9471600
NOTES TO EDITORS
There are 1,870 blind and visually impaired people in Co. Kildare.
NCBI is the national charity working for the rising number of people affected by sight loss in Ireland.
The majority of people using NCBI services have some remaining vision.
There are currently 51,718 people with impaired vision in Ireland and this number is rising. (according to Census 2011).
As a charity, NCBI must raise €3 million annually to ensure that we can continue to offer essential services to people who are blind or vision impaired. We do this through our fundraising events and our network of 91 charity shops nationwide.
The majority of people we work with have some remaining vision. Our aim is to help them use that vision to read, use technology, get around independently or to manage with the everyday tasks we all take for granted, like cooking and shopping.
- Emotional support and counselling for people struggling to come to terms with sight loss.
- Rehabilitation training, including independent living skills and mobility training (using a long cane) Loss of independence is the biggest issue facing people – NCBI gives back independence and builds confidence.
- Advice and information
- Low vision solutions, such as magnifiers and other aids to help people to read standard print.
- Assistive technology advice and training to either magnify or read aloud what is on screen.
- Library – large-print and audio books – giving back the joy of reading.
- Employment advice.