Friday, November 28, 2003 - The St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association is
looking forward to a more prosperous 2004, with the launch of their Braille
Lottery Calendar fund raising venture.
Production of the Braille Lottery Calendar for 2004 is off to a successful
start, with support from the corporate community. AT&T, committed $20,000.00 to
the project and Right Angle Imaging are the designers of the calendar. According
to Avril the calendar will be in regular print but will also introduce Braille
to the public.
“We know that most people would have heard of Braille but most likely have not
seen it. The calendar will be in print and it will be accessible to everyone.
However, there would be a Braille strip on there, where we will have the name of
the calendar and other information which will be in Braille, so that people can
see what Braille is like, Avril said. “In fact we have been wrestling with it
for about two years. Also we tried to do it in 2001 and we couldn’t because we
just could not find the resources to do so.”
According to Avril, 5,000 calendars will be printed for Association’s first
attempt at this project which he hopes will quickly find five thousand homes.
Avril says, the initiative is unique in the sense that persons who purchase the
calendars will themselves be rewarded with twelve chances to win attractive
prizes, throughout the New Year.
The calendar will feature Blind St. Lucians, information such as prevention of
blindness, and information on services available to the visually impaired.
Lottery coupons giving persons an opportunity to win prizes on a monthly basis
will also be available. Five thousand calendars will be produced by the middle
of December and it is hoped that the production of calendars will become an
annual event by the SLBWA.