Supporter Spotlight

The supporters mentioned on this page every month are people who have shone their light brightly and made a real difference to our organisation. We wanted to thank them in a public way and show off their kindness and hard work to the world. So, thank you supporters and here goes!

October 2013 Supporter Spotlight shines a light on:

Debbie O’Connor

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1. How did you hear about Fighting Blindness?

I heard about Fighting Blindness through family members who have been involved in fundraising for years.

2. What inspired you to become involved with the organisation?

Blindness is something that has affected my family for as long as I can remember and could some day affect me directly when I have kids in the future.

3. How has Fighting Blindness benefited you since you have become involved?

It hasn’t benefited me directly but I would like to think the money we raised has benefited people living with sight loss.

4. What do you think is the most important aspect of our work and why?

I think the research is the most important because that’s how the cures are found, if it can’t help to restore someone’s sight it could help to save another person from becoming blind.

5. What type of fundraising events have you planned?

Since March I have organised four days of bag packing which took place in Dunnes Stores, Jetland Shopping Centre, Limerick and Dunnes Stores, Parkway Shopping Centre Limerick.

I recruited over 30 people to take part in The Great Limerick Run in May. Some took part in the 10k, some in the half marathon and some in the full marathon.

My cousin Ciara McNamara works in St. Caimins Secondary School in Shannon and she organised a sponsored walk with students from the school, they also helped out with bag packing and were brilliant!!

All the events added together and in total we raised €10,172.15.

6. Tips on fundraising for our supporters?

I found that bag-packing was brilliant for raising funds, it’s definitely a must do for fundraising. People were so generous and were more then happy to donate to such a worthy cause. I also set up a charity page on www.mycharity.ie, I found that this was very helpful for people that I wouldn’t see regularly to sponsor me. A lot of my friends sponsored me through Facebook and they shared the link for me for more people to see it.

7. How did you motivate others to fundraise for Fighting Blindness?

My family and I have grown up with blindness all our lives, my family members feel as strongly as I do about curing blindness so it didn’t take much motivation. My friends and neighbours were more than happy to help when I told them about it.

 

We would love to hear your stories about how you became involved with Fighting Blindness and thank you for all your support by highlighting any support you have given us. If you would like to share your story, please contact Caitríona on 01 709 3050 or caitriona.jones@fightingblindness.ie.

 

Click on the links below to read previous Supporter Spotlight Stories.

Liam Keighery – Supporter Spotlight