Lorraine Keane Launches the 2024 Vision Ireland Dip at Dawn with a call out from the Forty Foot!

Dip at Dawn, the new nationwide fundraiser for Vision Ireland, The New Name For NCBI. Dip at Dawn started in Lahinch in June 2023 as the brainchild of Senator Martin Conway, with a strong ambition this year for thousands of supporters to take to the local seashore, swimming spot, swimming pool, or even the bath-tub, to help raise funding on the longest day of the year, Friday 21 June, 2024.

Senator Conway is asking everyone in Ireland to support this event and encourage friends and family to join them in dipping at dawn, while also prompting important conversations around eye health. “18 people a day lose their sight, some of whom have preventable conditions. We are calling on the public to get involved and sign up. Your donation will mean that Vision Ireland can support more people on their sight loss journey, and your participation will encourage more conversation around eye health” Senator Martin Conway added.

Launching Dip at Dawn earlier this week at the Forty Foot in Dublin’s Sandycove, ambassador and Vision Ireland supporter Lorraine Keane took to the sea with local swimmers. Speaking after her dip Lorraine said; “I am so delighted to support Vision Ireland especially this campaign as I love sea swimming! Dip at Dawn is something people of all ages can get involved in, whether it is at the forty foot like us, or your own bath at home you can Dip at Dawn this June 21st and support those living with sight loss in Ireland.”

The mission of Vision Ireland, the new name for NCBI, is to enable people who are blind and vision impaired to overcome the barriers that impede their independence and participation in society.

Dip at Dawn is proudly supported by national Retail group Costcutter. Jim Barry, Managing Director of Barry Group which owns the Costcutter franchise, says that practical local support for good causes appeals greatly to the local store owners. “Costcutter are proud to be the locally owned store at the heart of communities and, as such, can tap into the generosity of people who want to actively contribute to a cause that will likely end up benefitting someone who may live in their town”, the retail boss said. Having learned that almost 300,000 people are either blind or vision impaired in Ireland, it only underlined the importance of our role in supporting this initiative. The fact that people can enjoy a fun activity that supports wellness while doing so is an added bonus!”
Vision Ireland are calling on people to Dip at Dawn however way you prefer. Swimmer or not, you can dip, splash, swim anywhere! sign up on for €15, and set your online fundraiser to share with your family, friends, and colleagues and join those who will Dip for sight loss on the 21st June. All funds raised go towards supporting the work of Vision Ireland, the new name for NCBI.ed, both online and within communities nationally

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About Vision Ireland, The new Name for NCBI.

Vision Ireland is the national sight loss organisation, and provides support to any person impacted by vision impairment or blindness across Ireland, through a range of vision rehabilitation services.

Through a lifecycle model of service delivery, Vision Ireland offer services including:

  • Vision rehabilitation training, including orientation and mobility, independent living skills, environmental adaptation, functional vision assessments and the provision of low vision solutions such as magnifiers or other aids.
  • Assistive technology prescription and training to learn how to access all accessibility features in both assistive and mainstream technology, as well as the latest gadgets and apps all designed to support people who are blind or vision impaired.
  • Supports across education, including summer independent living skills camps, TY Programmes, and Bursaries to support access to education.
  • Employment advice and supports for people seeking to enter or retain employment and for employers, including QQI Accredited Employment Training, work experience opportunities, workplace adaptation advice, and disability awareness training.
  • Advice and information on eye conditions, government benefits and entitlements, and supports available in the community, and onwards referrals to other support organisations.
  • Counselling, wellbeing and emotional supports, including counselling sessions, peer support groups specific to vision impairment, and a telephone befriending service.
  • Ireland’s largest accessible digital library, Bookshare Ireland, available to all people in Ireland with a print disability, and an extensive range of digital, large print, Braille, and audiobooks. Vision Ireland’s Library Access Service additionally provides conversion services to support all organisations and businesses to ensure their information is available across multiple accessible formats.
  •  Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) service provides practical and emotional support to both patients and families from the point of diagnosis, bridging the gap between acute and community services. The ECLO Service is currently available in the Mater University Hospital, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Cork University Hospital, CHIat Temple Street, CHI at Crumlin and Waterford University Hospital.
  • Vision Ireland Resource Centres provide day opportunities and community integration in North Dublin and Wexford.
  • Vision Sports Ireland, the national governing body for sport, supporting access to physical activity, leisure and sporting opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired, both online and within communities nationally

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