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There are so many ways we can work together. If you are feeling frustrated and want to become more involved in the fight against blindness, you have come to the right place. Think about what you like doing, what you are good at and how you could offer your skills to make a difference. Working together is the only way we can make a meaningful difference. A few things for you to consider:

1. CURE: Would you like to work to ensure research continues to receive funding on a national and global level? A consistent funding stream is absolutely essential in the fight to save blindness.

2. SUPPORT: Do you like to help people? Perhaps you could connect with people in your community who might be struggling coming to terms with sight loss. We can come and visit your community, talk to the students in your local schools or businesses and create the space for dialogue and awareness. We could also organise an information evening, or look into the possibility of free counselling in your area through our Insight Counselling Team.

3. EMPOWER: Are you interested in advocacy work, influencing policy, contacting your local members of government and working with us to ensure the decision makers involve us in the conversation?

Contact our office today on 01 6789 004 or email empower@fightingblindness.ie today.

Some other ideas

1. You could hold a Community Information Evening in your locality where Fighting Blindness experts will come and talk with your community about our organisation, recent research breakthroughs and updates, advocacy news, eye health, the emotional impact of losing your sight or whatever information you might need.

2. We could come to your neighbourhood school to speak with and listen to the local children and students on different topics such as the importance of taking care of your eyes as well as raising awareness about sight loss, the relevance of scientific exploration and discovery in our search to find cures for blindness plus discussing ways young people could assist people in their community who may need a helping hand.

3. We would be delighted to come and speak with local retirement groups, youth groups or the organisation or company you work with to speak about eye health care, breakthroughs in research, support systems, eye conditions, advocacy or whatever you would like us to touch on.

4. To raise funds you could hold a table quiz, blind date night, raffle, tractor run, walk, run, coffee morning, cake sale, hike, church gate collection, sky-dive, sporting event, 5 a-side-soccer, street collection, sponsored non-uniform day at a local school, golf or sports tournament, jumble sale, gig night, dance marathon, sporting tournament sweepstakes (perfect for the Six Nations or World Cup), bag pack at your local shop, auction or whatever you can dream up! Here are a few tips to get you started.

5. You could organise a ‘Jeans 4 Genes’ event at your work place, organising a dress-down day to also help raise funds for Fighting Blindness.

6. Become a local advocate for Fighting Blindness. We could offer you free media assistance to help you speak with confidence on your local radio stations, television or with press journalists, helping us in our mission to increase awareness of people with a visual impairment or blindness and also raising awareness of the amazing work that is being done to find a cure for blindness here in Ireland.

7. You could distribute our promotional materials throughout your county.

8. Do you like to write? We are very keen to hear about your experiences and want to publish your articles and news on our website. You could write about what it is like to live with a certain condition, your experience of trying to create change locally, your experience of the health system, clinical trials or whatever you like! Email your articles to communications@fightingblindness.ie.

What are your own unique talents and gifts? We can work with you in whatever way suits you best. If you can dream it, we can do it!