Dundonian Moira Gee is banking on local support for her campaign to raise funds for a ‘talking book’ for the blind.
Moira will be selling Lucky Square raffle tickets at the Bank of Scotland branch in Broughty Ferry today between 10.30am and 2.30pm. The winner will receive a family pass to Glamis Castle in Angus for the rest of this season.
All money raised will be donated to RNIB Scotland towards the cost of transcribing a new book into audio and braille.
Moira, from Belsize Road, has a very personal reason to raise funds for a RNIB Talking Book. Nine years ago, her brother Gordon lost his sight to the eye condition retinitis pigmentosa.
Gordon, who is now a published author of historical fiction, used to work in the Bank of Scotland himself before his visual impairment forced him to take early retirement.
“Gordon has lost his sight but he still achieves more than I do,” says Moira. “Hearing him describe how he writes his novels with the aid of specially adapted computer technology gave me food for thought. I'm no good with computers, even though I am able to see them, and I still haven't written my first novel. But I can do something to help RNIB.
“I know the value of books because I love reading, myself. The best gift anyone can ever give me is a book voucher. I spend hours browsing through book shops. I re-read old favourites whenever I can and enjoy finding new stories and new authors. I'm one of the lucky ones. I want to help bring the joy of books and storytelling to people with sight loss.
“But it costs £2,500 to professionally narrate just one Talking Book. With the help of people in Broughty Ferry, Dundee and elsewhere, I hope to raise this amount to create one more Talking Book.
“I’m also taking part in the Dundee Kiltwalk on August 20th, walking 26 miles to raise as much as I can. I hope people will do what they can to support this worthwhile cause.”