Jacqui baking in the kitchen

Jacqui’s story

Jacqui’s life of independence is full of new adventures

Jacqui sitting on a bench playing her autoharp
Jacqui’s attitude is truly inspiring

Jacqui is a positive and confident mother-of-three who loves challenges and adventures. With your support, Jacqui’s life is full of new adventures.

With three hungry sons living at home, aged 20, 17, and 14, it’s just as well Jacqui enjoys cooking and baking. She also enjoys busking with her autoharp which she started doing 3 or 4 years ago.

Jacqui was just 10 years old when she started to lose her sight due to a brain tumour. She now has peripheral vision, she can see movement, colour and shapes.

Thanks to generous support from donors, the Blind Foundation provide many services that help Jacqui and many New Zealanders live independently and confidently.

“Your donations enable people who are blind or have low vision to be to live an independent and confident life.”

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With help from the Blind Foundation Jacqui learnt braille, found employment and has been paired with her amazing guide dog Paris. Through the Blind Foundation Jacqui learnt to play the autoharp. Now years later she still plays and has even started writing songs and enjoys busking.

Jacqui’s attitude is truly inspiring, and you can feel extremely proud to have played a positive role in her life. “Don’t let your vision be an obstacle to achieving your goals. There are always people out there who are keen to help.”

Thanks to the generosity of Kiwis like you, we currently reach one in three New Zealanders who are blind or have low vision. Of course, we’d love to reach more. So if you can, please give what you can to make a difference to many New Zealanders living with blindness or vision loss.