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NOT content to leave it to others to raise much-needed funds, visually impaired members of Dorset Blind Association put their backs into it to row 10,000 metres on rowing machines in Bournemouth Square earlier this month.
Teams from morebus, Barclays, West Hants Club, Lidl, Elstead Hotel, English2000 and Rotaract join the visually impaired teams to compete for the fastest time; while passers by paid £2 each to attempt to beat the time of Olympic standard rower Simon Banwell to 250 metres.
“In life, like rowing, you get out what you put in,” says Chris, who lost his sight five years ago and now volunteers to help other people with sight loss.
“We don’t want you the public to just give us their support; we want to earn their support.”
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For the not so sporty there was face painting, free goody bags and chances to win prizes playing games.
Dorset Blind Association gives people affected by visual impairment the tools to lead full, active and independent lives helping up to 1,000 blind or partially sighted people in the county each month.
“This was a great event and a wonderful way to meet members of the public with the help of volunteers from Barclays and, of course, the amazing visually impaired people we support – our VIPs!” says Jaya Da Costa, Dorset Blind Association’s fundraising manager.
The time trial was won by Brian Hampton from Lidl who completed 10,000m in 42 minutes 43 seconds, winning six tickets on the Bournemouth Eye Balloon. In a close-fought contest, second place went to the team from morebus (42m50s) winning acoustic shooting for six. The Elstead Hotel came a respectable third (43m30s) followed by English2000 (44m20s), Lighthouse (46m25s) and Rotaract (50m).
The event, sponsored by Abbey LIfe, raised £2,285.
For more information contact Jaya on 07956 779910 email@example.com
Dorset Blind Association helps up to 1,000 blind or partially sighted people each month, but receives no regular government funding for this and relies heavily on donations, grants and legacies. To help it call 01202 712869 or visit www.dorsetblind.org.uk or https://www.justgiving.com/dorsetblind/Donate. Send a donation to 17 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole , BH14 0EF.