RNIB Fund Raising

On 24th May Allander Rotary presented a cheque for £2000 to RNIB. The fund raising including donations by readers of an autobiography by Colin Robertson, a founder member, and selling furniture. Full details below.


A further £100+ has been raised since the presentation from readers of Colin's book.  An article has appeared in several newpaper websites since then.  The money raised will be used to fund a new Talking Book.  You can read this at Allander Rotary sponsors new Talking Book | GlasgowWorld

[Wondering what the dotted insert in the picture is?  Its Allander Rotary in Braille.]


The full press release by RNLI follows.

Press Release

Allander Rotary Club has raised £2,000 to sponsor a new Talking Book title by national sight loss charity RNIB.

Over £1,000 of this donation was received from voluntary donations from the readers of 'A Restless Spirit', an autobiography published for his friends and family by Colin Robertson, a Rotarian  and founder member of the Allander Club.

“One of the reasons why Allander Rotary chose to support RNIB," said Colin, "was that I had wonderful support from them during the recent severe deterioration of my vision.”

A further donation came from club president Stuart Sharkie who had sold off items from the estate of his mother, a long term RNIB supporter. Stuart also has fond memories of how RNIB supported his grandfather when he had lost his sight, including with Talking Books. The remainder came from the Club’s charity account.

RNIB has been recording Talking Books since 1935, opening up the world of reading for blind and partially sighted people. There are currently almost 37,000 Talking Books in its library, which are enjoyed by approximately 62,000 people. The free service has been described as 'a lifeline' in reducing loneliness and isolation. RNIB’s Amazon smart speaker Talking Book skill, which launched in August 2021 has had 1.8 million utterances from users.

Conor Joseph, community connection co-ordinator for RNIB, said: "It costs £1,500 for RNIB to produce a professional Talking Book, and once produced it will remain in RNIB’s library for years to come. So we do very much rely on the support of the public and bodies like Allander Rotary Club to add new titles.

"Our Talking Book sponsors receive a recording of the first chapter of their sponsored book, including their dedication which is played at the start of the book, and a certificate."

The cheque for the funds raised was presented at the Roman Bath House off Roman Road in Bearsden with Allander Rotary Club members, club president Stuart Sharkie and Derek Goodwin, a RNIB volunteer.




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