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Look after your sight

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It’s October, and that means it’s Eye Care Awareness Month. And we have a special mission for you!

We want you to look after your sight by booking your own eye check-up; and to look out for vulnerable family members, especially those who are young and elderly, and those with diabetes or hypertension.

It’s estimated that 80% of all blindness is avoidable: four out of five people walking around with blindness or a visual impairment could have saved their sight through prevention or early treatment.

That’s why we want everyone, everywhere, to take action this October to eliminate easily preventable causes of blindness.

There’s a reason we asked you to keep a special eye out for the young and the old.

Because cataract is the leading cause of preventable blindness – and it affects the elderly the worst; and refractive errors are the leading cause of visual impairment – and affects mostly children aged five to 15 years.

It’s also important that people with chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes mellitus control their illness and have regular eye checks, to detect associated conditions like cataract and diabetic retinopathy.
So please pay attention to your eye care this October, and help everyone – young and old – avoid unnecessary blindness. Thank you!


  

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Rustenburg to host unique event Eye Care Walk promotes independence for all

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Blind and sighted people are invited to join a 5km walk in Rustenburg at 10am on 26 October, to mark a special occasion: International White Cane Safety Day. Be part of this unique event!
Sighted folk can walk blindfolded – ably assisted by those who are visually impaired using a white cane.
Registration is just R20 and free for visually impaired participants; funds raised will be used to buy white canes.
Eye Care Walk starts and ends at the Ga-Masilo intersection at the Moses Kotane Coummunity Hall. Register today! Entries close on 24 October 2018.
For more information, contact Mr Lebogang Oliphant or Ms Tsholofelo Kenosi on 018 384 0036 or 083 981 8270, or email nwpec@sancb.org.za or nwpec1@sancb.org.za

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Welkom to host unique event Eye Care Walk promotes independence for all

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Blind and sighted people are invited to join a 2km walk in Welkom at 10am on 12 October, to mark a special occasion: International White Cane Safety Day. Be part of this unique event!

Sighted folk can walk blindfolded – ably assisted by those who are visually impaired using a white cane.

Registration is just R50 for sighted walkers and R30 for children under 12; funds raised will be used to buy white canes.

Eye Care Walk starts and ends at the Welkom City Hall. Register today! Entries close on 10 October 2018.

For more information, contact Mr Joseph Mabanga or Mr Jacob Motaung on 079 581 7048 or 076 025 4413., or email mabangabj@gmail.com or fs@sancb.org.za

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Calvin’s plugged into the tech revolution thanks to caring people like you!

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When we first heard about Calvin Tshehla, a young man who was born blind, we thought he had it all worked out.

He had an Honours degree in Public Administration, and had pulled off a huge feat by opening a lab at Limpopo University for students with disability.

But Calvin felt something was missing. And that’s when Illuminé donors stepped into his life.

We’re hoping we can count on you to join our circle of most generous friends – we call them our Illuminé supporters – by clicking here http://bit.ly/2N59IBG to send your extra donation today. Because even though Calvin had succeeded at University without computer skills, he knew it would hold him back in life.

With the help of Illuminé donors, Calvin enrolled at Optima College to study Introduction to Computers.

He was one of 30 students to complete the three month course where he learnt word processing and spreadsheets, internet and e-mail – as well as how to use screen-reading software.

Calvin’s plugged into the tech revolution and loving it! And by clicking here http://bit.ly/2N59IBG to become an Illuminé member today, you’ll help many more people plug in and take a leap forward in life. Calvin can’t wait to use his tech skills to make social and personal changes.

He’s working as a receptionist at a traffic college and was recently appointed as an Employment Equity community member.

His colleagues are often surprised at his ability to use computer applications that were designed for sighted people – and he loves to remind them that he was “technologically empowered” by Optima College.

Your donation made by clicking here http://bit.ly/2N59IBG will help more Optima students power through the roadblocks of their visual impairment.

We’ll use your gift to do great things for Optima students: paying tuition and hostel fees, and hopefully providing Calvin with a JAWS- enabled laptop so that he can enrol for his Master’s Degree.

So please will you click here http://bit.ly/2N59IBG and join Illuminé today – and enrich the lives of more Optima students like Calvin. Thank you!

Thank you for helping students plug into the technological revolution! As soon as you join Illuminé with a gift of R300 or more, we’ll send you a magnetic bookmark and a certificate of recognition to thank you for your generous support.

 

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Claim your tax credits

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If you have a child with visual impairment, you’ll know the burden of those extra medical and educational expenses. But did you know that if your childstruggles to perform basic tasks even with glasses and therapy, you could deduct some expenses from your SARS tax return? You could claim for medicalexpenses, not just for the child with the visual impairment, but for the entire family. You could also deduct a portion of expenses directly related to your child’s impairment from your total taxable income, such as the purchase, insurance and maintenance of aids and prosthetics; adaptations to your home or car; service animals; specialised therapy; tuition fees and transport to specialised schools. Each case is unique so consult a tax specialist – it could mean a significant refund at the end of the tax year.
 

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Swipe for us

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With just one swipe, you can raise funds for the SA National Council for the Blind if you sign up to theMySchool/MyVillage/ MyPlanet fundraising programme. Every time you shop at one of the many participating outlets, a percentage of your spend is donated to the SANCB on your behalf. It costs you nothing and you can select up to three beneficiaries. Contact Marlene Swanepoel on 012 452 3811 or marlene@sancb.org.za; or contact MySchool on 0860 100 445 or cs@myschool.co.za.
 

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Catch glaucoma early

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The SANCB celebrated Glaucoma Week in March by partnering with healthcare professionals to perform eye screenings in the Pretoria area, including St Johns- Soshanguve, Esslyn and Mamelodi West. All in all, we screened 181 patients, distributed 54 pairs of spectacles and treated 66 patients for minor eye ailments. Importantly, seven patients were referred for glaucoma. Early intervention is key to halting glaucoma, because treatment cannot reverse damage. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the more vision there is to save. Thank you for helping us preserve this precious asset
 

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Keeping the faith

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Our Resource Centre has a handy new gadget in stock that puts the gospel in a readily accessible audio format. The Audio-Bible is similar in size to a cell phone but it is a speaker, with buttons to easily navigate through the Bible. It can be charged with solar power and is available in all of SA’s indigenous languages. The Audio-Bible costs around R500. For more information contact the Resource Centre on 012 452 3811 or resource@sancb.org.za

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Keeping the faith

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Our Resource Centre has a handy new gadget in stock that puts the gospel in a readily accessible audio format. The Audio-Bible is similar in size to a cell phone but it is a speaker, with buttons to easily navigate through the Bible. It can be charged with solar power and is available in all of SA’s indigenous languages. The Audio-Bible costs around R500. For more information contact the Resource Centre on 012 452 3811 or resource@sancb.org.za

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Keeping up in the workplace

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Finding employment is hard enough for visually impaired persons – and it’s essential to keep our skills up-to-date, especially in fast-changing technological environments. That’s why Optima was delighted to offer refresher IT courses in April to seven visually impaired employees from Gauteng’s e-government, ensuring they are familiar with updates to JAWS and Microsoft Office. Thanks to our donors and Optima facilitators Xolani Ndlovu, Aaron Wolfenden and Ronald Makola for ensuring that we don’t get left behind in the workplace.

 

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