2015 Annual General Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fighting Blindness Annual General Meeting in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin on Saturday. We were delighted to catch up with old friends and welcome new members as we discussed the events of 2014 and shared our plans for the year ahead. As a patient-led organisation our members are central to the work that we do and we take our lead from our members when planning our work, the AGM is a vital part of that.

As some of our members travelled long distances to join us, the AGM began at 12:30pm with a light lunch. This was followed by the Business Meeting where the Minutes of the 2014 AGM, the Financial Report, Report of the Directors and the Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet were presented to the members to vote on.

Next up was the Information Meeting. This featured updates from Fighting Blindness staff about research, counselling, advocacy, communications and fundraising, outlining some of the highlights of 2014. The Information Meeting also included an update and panel discussion about the Target 5000 research project. A full report on this discussion will follow in the coming days.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the presentation of the Anne Byrne Memorial Award. The Anne Byrne Memorial Award is presented annually to a Fighting Blindness member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the organisation throughout the year. The award is named after one of the founding members of Fighting Blindness and counsellor Anne Byrne and represents her commitment to helping people affected by sight loss and her constant support of the Fighting Blindness membership. The winner of this year’s award was Debbie O’Connor from Meelick, Co Clare. Debbie has organised countless events for Fighting Blindness over the last couple of years, raising awareness about the organisation and sight loss throughout her local community. She has also raised vital funds for research into treatments and cures for blindness during this time. She is a worthy winner of the award and is a fantastic example of what true volunteerism is all about. Congratulations Debbie!

Thank you to all our speakers and to everyone who attended the AGM and sent their best wishes for the event. If you have any questions about anything raised at the AGM or would like more information about any of our work, please contact us on 01 6789 004 or info@fightingblindness.ie. A very special thank you to our volunteers and the Order of Malta who were a huge help at the event.

The 2014 Annual Report was also distributed at today’s meeting. You can download a copy of the report here or contact us to request a copy by post.

Thank you again and we look forward to meeting you at another event soon!