People of Wicklow are being asked to do something different this Lent and instead of perhaps giving up the usual things, they are being asked instead to try giving up their TIME and volunteer for the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
The charity, which provides a whole host of practical and educational help and support solutions to people at all stages of their sight loss journeys, says its dedicated band of volunteers get back more than they give by volunteering with the charity.
Given that the NCBI now heads up the second largest charity shop chain in the country with some three shops in Wicklow alone, people with time to spare could easily pass some hours away helping out in its nationwide network of busy retail outlets.
Area Manager for the Wicklow area, Majella Bond, says “Our volunteers are the backbone of our operation. They are an incredible bunch of dedicated and generous people who recognise that the valuable work that the NCBI does depend on their support and help. They represent all that is good in a community”.
Majella goes on to say “The great thing is that that our volunteers always say that they get more back than they give. Many might be retired, and volunteering for us gives them renewed energy and purpose. Others volunteer because they have first hand experience of the work that NCBI does, either through the experiences of family or friends or indeed their own experience. There are 1,485 people living with sight loss in Co. Wicklow alone”.
“There are as many reasons as there are volunteers but the common thread is that people are busy, connected with others and learning new skills, all positive so it’s a win win situations for everybody”.
If retail isn’t your thing why not try your hand at bag packing, bucket collections or stewarding at the many public fundraising events planned by the NCBI for the coming year.
Who knew that Lent could be so enjoyable!
For further details of NCBI’s fundraising events check out www.ncbi.ie