Thursday 9th July 2020, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is very grateful to Wisetek, a global leader in IT asset disposal, re-use and manufacturing services, for answering their call for donations of old laptops or equipment. This is part of NCBI’s Eyes Online initiative, which aims to repurpose donated hardware and devices to ensure all children and adults who are blind or visually impaired have access to technology they need to help them live more independently and stay connected with family and friends.
Joe McKenna, NCBI Head of Fundraising said “thanks to the Wisetek donation of MacBooks, screens and phones we have been able to distribute these to our service users guaranteeing they have been reconfigured with all accessibility features enabled. The power of technology to empower the lives of people living with sight loss is significant yet the costs associated can be prohibitive for many of our service users. That’s why donations such as these are very much appreciated”.
Sean Sheehan, Wisetek CEO said “Wisetek is delighted to support the NCBI and its Eyes Online initiative. This campaign highlights the importance of re-purposing old laptops, tablets and other hardware. Retired IT equipment, when managed correctly, can still achieve optimal financial and operational value. During these uncertain times, it is very important to stay connected to loved ones through the use of technology, Wisetek is pleased to back this very worthy campaign.”
It became very apparent during Covid-19 the importance of ensuring people who are blind or visually impaired stay connected, get access to NCBI services and the wealth of online resources that are there to help and support them. Therefore, the NCBI Eyes Online initiative continues so any individuals and companies who’ve recently upgraded their equipment or have excess equipment and are interested in donating them to us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our helpline 1850 33 43 53. We can arrange collection of it.