Stella can’t see the ground. But that doesn’t stop her.

Stella is very excited for Christmas.
Stella is very excited for Christmas.

Just a year ago, nine-year-old Stella was terrified to run a cross country race.

At the age of six, she was diagnosed with two serious eye conditions. She used her low vision as an excuse to avoid scary new challenges.

But this year, Stella signed up for cross country on her own.

Her mum and dad were shocked – was this really their little girl? And when Stella placed 4th, they were over the moon!

Stella ran that long race without being able to see holes, stones or the surface of the ground – with only limited, blurred vision of what was in front of her.

The race was a huge achievement for Stella – she’d not only run it, but tried her best to win it!

This is a kid who’s giving life a go – and not letting low vision get in her way.

Stella's vision is a challenge but it's not going to stop her doing the things she wants to.
Stella’s vision is a challenge but it’s not going to stop her doing the things she wants to.

Every week, another Kiwi child who is blind or has low vision is referred to the Blind Foundation for help and support.

You can send a Christmas gift today and make sure they get the support that will help shape their lives.

Stella is a happy, confident child.
Stella is a happy, confident child.

Teaching kids like Stella resilience and special skills when they’re young can set them up to be just as capable as any other child – and have just as many opportunities – as they grow into young adults.

That’s why it’s so important we reach Kiwi children who are blind or have low vision as early as possible.

For Stella, a week spent at the Blind Foundation summer camp last year was a turning point. Created especially for kids who are blind or have low vision, she tried new new and challenging physical activities in a safe and supported place. And, importantly she connected with other children like her.

Stella’s mum says since camp she has become more confident, adventurous and self-reliant. Her mum has been amazed how much she’s branched out and tried new things.

Stella, her mum and her sister enjoy a cuddle.
Stella, her mum and her sister enjoy a cuddle.

Your gift today can help a child build confidence and resilience that will last a lifetime. Will you send a Christmas donation to help do that today?

With a Christmas-time gift, you can help little Kiwis like Stella choose an ambitious path, dream big, and challenge themselves.

Stella has learnt that she’s unstoppable if she adapts and takes a ‘can do’ approach to challenges.

Please, help make sure Stella and other children are given every encouragement to develop their resilience and life skills – and set them up to reach their potential in life.

Blind Foundation specialist Nicole teaching Stella shoelace tying techniques.
Blind Foundation specialist Nicole teaching Stella shoelace tying techniques.
Nicole teaching Stella non-visual ways to navigate through everyday tasks such as chopping.
Nicole teaching Stella non-visual ways to navigate through everyday tasks such as chopping.
"Hey Nicole, I've nearly finished another audio book."
"Hey Nicole, I've nearly finished another audio book."