Give the Gift of Advocacy

Dear BCA friends,

My name is Annabelle Waller. I’m a proud Blind Citizens Australia member and an executive committee member of Blind Citizens WA. I’m also a university student completing my BA in Psychology and
Counselling at Edith Cowen University as well as a Cert III in Business.

One of the highlights of 2017 for me was participating in the BCA National Convention, travelling to Melbourne from Perth! BCA covered travel and accommodation costs. I have multiple impairments which mean I need to travel with a support worker. So, without BCA’s assistance I would not have been able to afford to attend. Due to your generosity I was able to have this life-changing opportunity, catch up with other people from around the country from within this amazing community and make life long friends. I just wanted to say a big thank you.

Through your donations to BCA, myself and other BCA members were able to attend a convention which delivered so many memorable experiences. Like Dr Fred Schroeder’s key note address around the importance of seeking support from other blind people to reduce discrimination and reminding us that we should not allow the low expectations of society to limit us. I must admit to being completely star struck to be able to be in the same room as this legend! There were also sessions on emerging technologies and employment, workshops targeted at students on study techniques, a look at historical perspectives on
blindness, a workshop on building self-confidence and communication skills and an introduction to audio editing.

As you are probably aware BCA exists to positively promote our needs and rights within the community and to “change what it means to be blind”. BCA can continue to advocate, inform and offer opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to support each other through the generosity of people like you.

Today, as Christmas fast approaches, I would like to ask you to do the following. Please join with me in helping BCA to continue to support Australians who are blind or vision impaired through a one off donation, or through a regular donation to BCA’s recently renamed monthly giving program, “BCA Backers”. These are the areas where your contribution, whether large or small can really make a difference:

  • $30 will cover the cost of responding and managing an information request from a person who is blind or vision impaired
  • $50 will enable us to communicate important advocacy information to 3000 BCA members quickly via text message
  • $100 will support a teleconference of a local BCA branch to provide information and peer support for ten people who are blind or vision impaired
  • $200 will support a meeting of our National Policy Council via teleconference
  • $500 will allow us to support a future leader to attend a BCA convention or development forum for the first time.

Share the great work BCA does with your friends and family. Follow BCA on Facebook or Twitter, get involved in some of the great advocacy work they do.

Why not suggest to your friends and family that they support BCA with a donation in your name as an altruistic alternative to a Christmas gift. Donations can be made online by following the “Make a Donation” link above, by filling in this donation form, or by calling BCA on 1800 033 660. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

Please donate. Pick up the phone. Connect with BCA on the web. Embrace the true spirit of the festive season – Give now.

Happy Holidays!
Annabelle Waller