The launch of the Pacific Services brochure: Protect Your Eyesight was held on Fri 30 June at our office in Fale. Staff, including Chris Orr, Fatima Akehurst and Veta Endemann attended along with 10 Blind Foundation clients and their families.

Everyone took part in the programme, from the opening prayer and blessing of the brochures by one of our elder Tongan members Visesio, to the closing prayer by an elder Samoan member Toa. One hymn was sung by the group and the other by another member Jackie Reynolds and her two family members. One young woman, Tutuila, brought her nephew and cousins, who played lovely music and sang a couple of beautiful songs.

The Pacific Island (PI) clients were pleased and appreciated the work that went into developing the brochures. It has been translated into four Pacific Island languages (Samoan, Tongan, Niuean and Cook Island). There was also an opportunity to share their personal stories and thanked the Blind Foundation for the excellent services they received. We have helped them achieve their dreams and goals. It was a wonderful event that was enjoyed by all who attended.

Chris Orr spoke on behalf of the Blind Foundation and said he was honoured to be involved in the launch. Chris spoke highly of the work the Pacific Services team do in helping our clients and the Pacific Island community: ‘We hope that the information and messages contained in the brochures will reach many people of different ethnic groups. We hope it encourages them to look after their eyes to avoid eye and vision issues unnecessarily.’