Welcome to the Autumn 2016 issue of Visionaries

Image of Kevin Whelan, CEOAs summer comes to an end we look forward to a number of exciting events in the Fighting Blindness calendar, including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week and Retina 2016. The Retina Conference moves venue this year to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Golden Lane, Dublin 8. Retina will take place from November 10 to 12 and full details can be found on pages 6 and 7 or by visiting www.Retina.ie.

Entries for our annual Glendalough Trail on November 5 are flying in and this year’s event is shaping up to be our biggest yet, registration is open now at www.GledaloughTrail.com. We are also launching a new awareness and fundraising campaign called ‘Jeans for Genes’ from September 19 to 24 which you can read about at the back of the newsletter. If you would like to get involved in Jeans for Genes please contact Amanda or Emma at fundraising@fightingblindness.ie or 01 6789 004.

We have taken the time in this issue to update you on the governance of Fighting Blindness and the steps we are taking to comply with the new charity regulator. We would like to reassure all our members and supporters during this time of scrutiny in the charity sector that Fighting Blindness is fully compliant and transparent. You can read about this on pages 8 and 9. Please be reminded that our annual report is available to download from our website or you can request a copy by post by contacting the office on 01 6789 004 or info@fightingblindness.ie.

On behalf of the staff and board of Fighting Blindness I would like to wish the very best of luck to Jason Smyth, Peter Ryan and Orla Comerford as they compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the coming weeks.

As always we welcome your views and ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Kevin Whelan, Chief Executive