The National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s (NCBI) National Table Quiz will provide Braille, audio and large print books for the 1,368 people who are blind or vision impaired in Wicklow. This is the only national quiz in the country, with a heat taking place in The Bridge House Hotel, Arklow on the 12th of October.
The quiz is now in its third year, with heats taking place throughout October and November, before the final at Dublin’s Mansion House in December hosted by quiz master Sean O’ Fearghail, Ceann Comhairle. The winning team will walk away with the top prize of €3000.
Quiz master Sean O’ Fearghail, Ceann Comhairle said: “The importance of reading cannot be overstated. NCBI is actively lobbying for change so that more printed material is accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired. The NCBI National Table Quiz is an excellent opportunity to focus the mind on the issues that the blind community encounter in relation to reading.”
NCBI has a strong presence in Wicklow, with a thriving charity shops in Arklow, Bray and Wicklow town.
According to Arklow shop manager Sharon: “Our shop receives great support locally through donations and volunteers. All of the funds generated through the shop go directly to fund services for people who are blind or vision impaired. And now our local heat for the National Table Quiz will ensure that we can assist more people to thrive, rather than just survive, with sight loss.”
NCBI’s national Braille, audio and large print library receives no statutory funding, so its production and distribution capacity is limited. There are 51,718 people who are blind or vision impaired in Ireland, but NCBI’s library is the only producer of unabridged audio books in the country. The library currently records 30 titles each year that would not otherwise be available in full to blind readers. This service is hugely important to people who are blind or vision impaired as 4% of what appears in print is not accessible to a person who is blind or vision impaired. Funds raised through the National Table Quiz will enable the charity to increase this capacity.
Speaking about the National Table quiz, CEO of quiz sponsors Fujitsu Tony O’Malley said: “We are delighted to be involved with NCBI’s National table quiz. The quiz is a fun opportunity for people to fundraise for a hugely importance issue, which is accessible literature for people who are blind or vison impaired.”
For more details on NCBI’s National Table Quiz go to www.ncbi.ie, follow NCBI on social media for updates or call into the NCBI Charity Shops in Arklow, Bray or Wicklow town to register a team.