Fatima Akehurst stops at nothing to get the best results for her clients. As somebody with low vision who has first-hand experience of our services, she says she dedicates her work to giving back.

Fatima is a Pacific Services Coordinator at the Blind Foundation Fale Kotuku office in South Auckland.

She coordinates Blind Foundation services for Pacific Island clients based in South Auckland right through to the Bay of Plenty. She also provides cultural support and works with our client services team and external agencies to help meet Pacific Island clients’ cultural-needs.

Another aspect of her work is getting out in the Pacific community to deliver our Blind Awareness Programmes (BAP). The programmes aim to educate the community on blindness and eye health.

For 12 years, Fatima has provided support for countless amounts of clients. She says that each one has a different story, some more complex than others.

“No matter how challenging their needs may be, I always make sure they meet their goals. It is the best feeling, seeing them achieve goals and simply being there for them.

“I absolutely love what I do. It is wonderful to have a great team and manager that support me” she says.

Fatima is a fantastic example of someone who is passionate about their work and about the services we offer.

She is not only a staff member, but also volunteers as the Chairperson for the Auckland Community Committee. Alongside that, she is one out of eight people who is part of Disability Faiva Ora. The group is a national advisory group that advocates for Pacific people with disabilities and their families.

“I may have sight loss, but I am blessed with great vision,” says Fatima.