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Volunteer collectors still needed for Blind Week!

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind (RNZFB)
23 September 2008
Media release

Volunteer collectors still needed for Blind Week!

Blind Week is on its way, and the RNZFB still needs hundreds more volunteers to collect between Tuesday 28 October and Monday 3 November.

“The Foundation aims to raise over $1.1 million during Blind Week, and the more volunteer collectors we have, the better our chances,”says Alison Wheatley, RNZFB’s Executive Director Marketing & Fundraising.

“By being a volunteer collector this Blind Week, people across the country can help the Foundation make a difference to the lives of blind, deafblind and vision-impaired New Zealanders.”

During the week, the RNZFB wants you to ‘See The Difference You Make’ to the lives of blind, deafblind and vision-impaired Kiwis when you donate – whether it’s time or money.

The RNZFB gives blind, deafblind and vision-impaired people the skills to do everyday things, like getting from home to work, cooking dinner or surfing the net.

Only one-third of the Foundation’s $26 million operating budget comes from Government sources, so members rely on public support for the other $17.3 million.

Even just one hour of collecting can make a huge difference. To volunteer, call free on 0508 BLIND WEEK (0508 254 6395) or visit

People can also support Blind Week by texting BLIND to 469 to donate $3, or make an automatic $20 donation by calling 0900 4 BLIND (0900 425 463).


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