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Friday, 11 January 2019
Photo of Rachel, guest editor of Issue 22 of RNIB Connect magazine

It’s that time of year when resolutions are made and... well broken. Not Rachel Clements though, later this year she is running the iconic Virgin London Marathon for RNIB.

Hello and welcome to this first edition of your Connect Magazine for 2019.
 
I’m Rachel Clements and this year I am hoping to fulfil my New Year’s resolution by running the London Marathon for RNIB for the very first time. You can read my story here.
 
Speaking of firsts, Steve Sparkes, set himself the challenge of a lifetime, to become the first blind man to row across the Pacific Ocean.
 
Considered by some to be the world’s toughest rowing challenge spanning 2,700 miles from California to Hawaii, he endured a hurricane and rival teams dropped out due to sheer exhaustion and hypothermia. But did he do it? Find out here.
 
What do Bill and Melinda Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon have in common with a blind lawyer? All of them have received the prestigious Spirit of Helen Keller Award. The award, established during Helen Keller’s lifetime commemorates her unique legacy and expresses appreciation for her role as a founder and trustee of Helen Keller International, as well as travelling the world on behalf of those with vision loss.
 
You can find our why Yetnerbersh Nigussie was a worthy winner in our cover feature.
 
Finally, one of the world’s best-selling authors was set to hang up his typewriter. But he has returned with another fabulous read. Find out who our famous author is here.
 
I hope you enjoy this edition and have a fantastic 2019.
 
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Connect Magazine.