Working for People with Sight Loss

Radio Bingo comes to Dublin!

Tuesday 8th September 2020, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) and Sunshine 106.8 have partnered to bring Radio Bingo to the capital for the first time.  Players play weekdays for daily prizes of €400, and a Thursday jackpot of up to €25,000.  Numbers are called live on air after the 10am and 4pm news bulletins.

The novel approach offers bingo players the chance to have a live game of bingo during a time when public events are so limited.

Joe McKenna, NCBI Head of Fundraising said “We have been delighted with the response to date in other counties.  People think it is a novel way to have some fun, connect with their local radio station and to support a worthy cause at the same time.

Players can collect their books (€5 for the five games per week) in locals stockists listed on sunshineradio.ie.

Family members of those who may be isolated are seeing the Radio Bingo as a nice gift – an activity for a parent or neighbour who may be spending more time indoors.  Books can be ordered online from www.sunshineradio.ie and delivered to the family member at their own address.

Each day the player fills out start-up numbers on the daily panels and then listens for the 10 numbers on air or can catch them again by going online or by calling the Daily Numbers line. Prizes are claimed before 8pm each evening.

NCBI Radio Bingo is already active with Shannonside/Northern Sound in the Midlands and Highland Radio in Donegal. Funds generated by Radio Bingo supports the charity’s work with people who are blind or vision impaired through a wide variety of services including days centres, rehabilitation support, training, employment, library services and social connection.

Mr McKenna added “Our services bring hope and opportunity, particularly at a time when social distancing rules makes it more difficult for people with sight loss.”

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For further information, please contact June Tinsley, Head of Communications on 01 8821917 or 087 9955076