Our Centenary Appeal is moving along well and we have recently had a marvellous boost to our target . We have now raised just over £130,000 since March.
Our wonderful staff are busy planning the 100 Miles for 100 Years Sponsored Bike Ride across the region on 19th and 20th June. We are full of admiration for Julie, Gail and Sally who are training in all weathers. They will be accompanied by some of our visually impaired clients on the trip and we wish them all well. We are delighted to be supported by Ben Haywood Cycles who also celebrate their Centenary this year. If you wish to sponsor them you can follow their links…
We are now planning our Centenary Dinner and Celebrity Auction which will be held at Madingley Hall on Friday 5th October. We shall give you further details nearer the time but please keep the date free as this promises to be a memorable evening with the Auction conducted by Jeffrey Archer – a true master in the art of Charity Auctions. We are busy securing Auction prizes and would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be able to offer some.
The Chariots of Fire Relay Race for 2012 organised by Hewitsons and the Cambridge News is due to be launched in the next two weeks so we will soon be back with further news.
Cambridge Arts Theatre presents an audio described performance of Willy Russell’s iconic musical ‘Blood Brothers’. Maureen Nolan stars as Mrs Johnstone in this West End smash hit about twins, separated at birth, who meet with tragic consequences. With hits such as ‘Bright New Day’, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Tell me it’s not true’, this musical is not to be missed.
Audio described performance on Saturday 21 July at 4pm and an accompanying Touch Tour at 3pm.
Tickets £25 / £20 / £25 / £30
To book tickets and a space on the Touch Tour, please call the Arts Box Office on 01223 503333.
Cambridge has a new Goalball club – The Cambridge Dons!
On Saturday 28th April the Dons take part in their first ever tournament, a novice competition organized by Goalball UK in Leicester.
The Cambridge Dons team features a mix of sighted players and visually impaired players – three of which are Cam Sight members. The club meets every Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Netherhall Sports Centre and welcomes new members. Since the club started in January it has gone from strength to strength with numbers increasing week on week. The formation of the club has been the result of a partnership between Cam Sight and the Cambridge City Council’s Sports Development team supported by Sports Grant funding from Living Sport.
What is Goalball?
Goalball is a sport that was devised in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans. It is the only team sport played at the Paralympics by the visually impaired but is a totally inclusive sport since all participants wear blindfolds.
Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players. It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes and sighted players.
It has three main distinguishing features:-
1. All players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded.
2. Goalball is played on an indoor tactile court.
3. The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play.
The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area. They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.
The Stapleford & Shelford Rural Support Group held an auction on Thursday 5th April and raised £375.00 in 2 hours. This is for Cam Sight’s building project; celebrating 100 years of help and support to people in Cambridgeshire with sight loss.
A new Running Group is starting at Coldhams Common. The running sessions are designed for blind and visually impaired people but are open for people with disabilities and other groups.
The first session takes place Monday 16th April at 6.30 pm. Please meet at the Abbey Pool car park at 6.15pm. Sighted runners will be available to support participants. However, if you have a sighted friend or partner who would like to join in, they are most welcome.
These are beginners groups so nobody will be expected to run very far straight way. At the start it will be very easy so if people are not very fit that is fine. There will be plenty of walking between short runs.
For information contact:
Steve Morley on 01223 457000 or email@example.com
Sports Development Officer
Arts & Recreation
Cambridge City Council
44 St.Andrews Street
Cam Sight’s first podcast is here! Matt Darkin, Lynne Hester and Jerry Gilbert discuss the important issues of the day in the first edition of the I-balls podcast. Have a listen and see if they are just talking a load of rubbish or is it incisive intellectual debate. When you’ve made up your mind why not let them know what you think by emailing some feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Under discussion in this first edition are stories from BBC news Magazine, the Daily Mail and the Cambridge News. You can read the articles yourself by following these links: