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Read for RNIB Day 2013

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Bring stories back to the blind
Read for RNIB, Blind, alice in wonderland
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I could not imagine not being able to read; it would be devastating to lose access so so many wonderful stories. But for millions of blind people, it is a horrible reality. According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), someone loses their sight every fifteen minutes. A few years ago, by grandpa became part of this shocking statistic when he got macular eye degeneration. His eyesight is very bad, and he can no longer enjoy many of the things he used to do.

Since then, many of the birthday and Christmas presents I've bought him have been audiobooks, because although he can no longer read literature, he can still hear it.

On the 11th October, the RNIB are holding their third annual Read for RNIB Day; it is a fundraising event that will go towards research and support for the blind and partially sighted. There are plenty of ways to get involved; all you have to do is register and you will be sent a free Alice in Wonderland Fundraising pack. It will include posters, bookmarks, and lots of ideas about activities that you could organise.

If you are raising money by yourself, then you could do a sponsored read-athon or give a poetry recital. If you are getting groups together, then why not hold some competitions? Maybe try a literary pub quiz, Scrabble championship, or fancy dress contest (dress up as your favourite character).

If you're not up for organising your own event, then maybe you can see if your workplace can do something, or your child's school. You can also see what events are already planned in your area.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: 11th Oct
Phone: 0845 345 0054
Where: Across the UK
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