As 2017 draws to a close we look back on our year in NCBI, we reflect on the people we have worked with and the difference that our services make to the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.
Each year we work with 8,000 people. Many come to us for the first time, as they deal with a recently acquired eye condition that has seriously affected their sight, or perhaps a significant deterioration in an
existing eye condition, which is causing problems in their daily lives.
Our aim is to enable people to lead independent lives so they can fully participate in society. This means something different to everyone we work with so that first interaction is a vital means of getting to the root of their problems and putting a plan in place to enable people to reach their goals.
The nature of sight loss is that people come back to NCBI as their circumstances change such as a new job, loss of a job, moving house, and going to college or deteriorating vision. We are here for all of these life changes. The approaching New Year is also a chance for us to reflect on what enables us to provide these services and how you have helped by supporting our fundraising events throughout the year.
There are many highlights for NCBI in 2017, to name just a few, this year we ran our second annual Dine in the Dark Week in November, seeing 80 restaurants hosting a Dine in the Dark event, where customers were blindfolded for the duration of their meal, with a donation given to NCBI. It sparked many conversations about what it means to live with sight loss and the challenges people face, and overcome, on a daily basis.
We ran our first ever Cycle of Light event, with cyclists cycling into the darkness from Dalkey to Howth and back through the outskirts of the city. We launched the NCBI Bursary alongside the Taoiseach which
will provide two students with financial aid going into third level education.
NCBI would like to thank you all for your ongoing support throughout the year. We wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.