Visionaries Newsletter Summer 2021

Greta Streimikyte, Steps for Sight Ambassador
Greta Streimikyte, Steps for Sight Ambassador

Dear members, supporters and friends,

Welcome to the summer edition of our Visionaries newsletter, I hope it finds you and yours healthy and well.

We had a busy start to the year and I’m very proud to announce we are certified as compliant with the Triple Lock Governance Award with Charities Institute Ireland.
Triple Lock status is awarded to charities that uphold the highest standards in transparent reporting, ethical fundraising and strong governance structures. This recognition is the gold standard for Irish charities to offer assurances to donors, members and the general public.

Continuing the good news, I’m very pleased to also let you know that our Retina 2020 conference was shortlisted for a CovidComms Award in the category of ‘Best Online External Event’.

It bears testament to the quality and volume of work that our team pours into the conference each year. Speaking of, I hope you’ll all join us for Retina 2021 on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November 2021 – more details to follow shortly.

As promised in our spring edition, I’m delighted to introduce you to our new Research Manager, Dr Rachel Bermingham. Rachel joined us in April from the Irish Cancer Society. You can read more about her background on page 7.

Top Irish Paralympian Greta Streimikyte is kindly supporting the launch of Steps for Sight 2021. We’re thrilled to have her on board and we’re very hopeful she’ll bring a medal home later this summer!

Our virtual challenge is proudly supported by its4women again this year and I ask everyone in Ireland to step up for sight this July and support our work.

Last month our team was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of our member and dear friend John Leonard. John, who was living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was a dedicated member and passionate advocate for sight loss.

I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Leonard family. May he rest in peace.

Kindest regards,
Kevin Whelan

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