The chance to help others and give back to the blindness community keeps Clem Bruce signing up to collect for Blind Week.
Clem, 74, has been collecting for the Blind Foundation for more than 40 years and will be shaking a bucket for this year’s street collection on October 7 and 8.
He recalls collecting back when he used to run a Boys’ Brigade and the boys would go door to door with collection buckets.
“I just love people. I love helping people, especially the Blind Foundation because I have a guide dog so I try to support them as much as I can.”
Clem takes his guide dog Walker, who he has had for about five years, with him when he collects and says the dog gets lots of attention.
“He’s coming up for retirement and I’m going to be heartbroken. He’s a wonderful dog.”
In addition to Walker, Clem says the Blind Foundation has helped him over the years with things like talking books and equipment.
“They’ve helped me in lots of ways. I’m always very grateful to them.”
He says he’ll keep collecting for as long as he can.
“If I get assistance from someone, I’ll try to assist them as best I can. The best way I can help them [the Blind Foundation] is by supporting them. They’re wonderful, friendly people.”
We need more coordinators and collectors for Blind Week.