Slimathon and bag pack supporting local NCBI


Slimathon and bag pack supporting local NCBI

A final push in Mitchelstown over the Easter period for those undertaking a slimathon in aid of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.

Friday, 29 March 2013
5:00 AM GMT

The manager of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) shop in the Square in Mitchelstown has been busy fundraising over the past number of weeks with a bag pack and slimathon to raise money for the charity.

Isobel Reader recently organised a bag pack in Reidy’s SuperValu, which raised €373 and she would like to thank the volunteers who generously gave up their time, all those who supported the bag pack and also the friendly and helpful staff in SuperValu who facilitated the bag pack.


As we approach Easter, this is also the last week of the NCBI Slimathon and this year’s ten participants have lost a combined weight of 18 pounds so far.

Isobel thanked those involved, but also urged people to stick with the programme and see it through until the final hurdle, as she said that the weight will come off if people are motivated, but it might just come off slowly.

The shop is always looking for donations and people can also sponsor the Slimathon by making a financial donation to the shop.

Isobel explained that the NCBI charity provides support and help to people experiencing issues with their eyesight and she said that with the aging population, the number of people availing of the services offered by NCBI is increasing by 12% each year.

Among the services they provide, NCBI offers community based services, they help people to live independently, communicate through technology, continue to enjoy reading despite their sight issues and they also help with things like securing employment and making services more accessible.

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