Good news comes in twos

Photo courtesy of the RNZFB

Our application to The Lion Foundation to sponsor our first Braille edition of Poems in the Waiting Room has been successful. We’re absolutely rapt!

The Spring poems are with my friends at the RNZFB being transcribed into Braille right now.  Our standard seasonal poetry card when transcribed, is transformed into a 16 page bound booklet. Lyvie has promised to send me a photo of the completed booklet so look out for a new post in a day or two. Our initial print run will be 50 booklets. These will be available to RNZFB members via the main RNZFB offices and the Association of Blind Citizens head office. The poems will also be available to RNZFB members via etext.  We’d like to think we can offer the Braille cards every season but this will depend on further successful funding applications.

And great news today from The Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation. They have agreed to fund the printing and postage costs of our Summer poetry card. This card will be distributed to medical centres and rest homes in the Nelson/Marlborough area for the first time.  We’ve missed Canterbury at this stage as it will require a considerable amount of time/organisation to set up and a huge leap in funding. But we will get there.

The spring cards were posted yesterday to areas outside Dunedin and I started delivering the local cards today. So I’m hoping, weather permitting, they’ll all be distributed by the weekend. Tonight’s weather forecast suggests we may have further snow!

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  ~Doug Larson



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