[Nfbc-info] Channel Islands Chapter "A Walk in the Dark" 2009

Karmalynne snowbird170 at yahoo.com
Fri May 22 20:25:27 UTC 2009

HI Nicolas, 

Goddness! What a cool idea. It sounds like a very successful event too.
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--- On Wed, 5/20/09, nlibre at gmail.com <nlibre at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: nlibre at gmail.com <nlibre at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Nfbc-info] Channel Islands Chapter "A Walk in the Dark" 2009
> To: "'NFB of California List'" <nfbc-info at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 6:49 PM
> Hello Fellow Federationists,
> It gives me great pleasure to write this message and share
> with all of you
> one of our chapter’s latest successes.  The Channel
> Islands Chapter held its
> second annual walk-a-thon fundraiser and community
> awareness event on
> Saturday, April 25.  We had about 75
> participants.  30 of those participants
> were new to the event, including a Spanish speaking family
> with two blind
> sons in Jr. High School from Soledad.  About 2 dozen
> sighted participants
> walked the 5 kilometers under learning shades and using a
> cane while
> accompanied by a blind guide.  Our event aimed at
> demonstrating the NFB
> positive philosophy about blindness by getting the sighted
> community and
> other blind people involved in activities that showcase how
> good training
> helps blind people reach independence.  In addition to
> the walking, we also
> had t-shirts and Braille wristbands to get the word out
> about Braille
> literacy and the NFB.  Of course, another major goal
> of the event was
> fundraising.  Recognizing that we’re in tough
> economic times, we lowered the
> registration fees.  Even so, we were able to raise
> almost $2,000.  This will
> go a long way towards funding the community integration
> events we have
> planned, including a chapter camping trip.  We’re
> going to get blind people
> out into the great outdoors and share our alternative
> techniques for
> cooking, building campfires, hiking, and more. 
> Hopefully other chapters are
> having the kind of fun and impact that the Channel Islands
> Chapter is
> enjoying.  Feel free to contact us with any
> questions.  
> Best wishes,
> Nicolás M. Crisosto
> Channel Islands Chapter, President
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