Michelle's fundraiser for Sight Life
Fundraising for Sight Life
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I have worked for Sight Life (the new public name for Cardiff Institute for the Blind CIB) for 37 years. I know, and see the difference we make to blind and partially sighted people daily, and I want to ensure we can keep doing what we do so well - give people hope and be able to live independent, healthy and active lives.
2023 marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of Spiro Sueref a beloved employee of CIB. For us, Spiro embodied the heart and soul of the Institute and epitomised the ‘Shand Spirit’ (taken from old HQ in Shand House) of our extended family of members, volunteers and staff.
Spiro, who lost his sight in a car accident aged 25, was involved in a plethora of CIB groups, clubs and activities. These included the computer room, the poetry, gardening clubs, singing group, befriending service and Cowbridge Insight Group.
Beloved husband to our Teresa Sueref, Spiro always had a ready smile and quip for everyone he met, he cared passionately about the rights of people with sight loss and making a difference to their lives.
An ardent Cardiff City fan who even dyed his hair blue in their honour, Spiro was famed for his Sinatra-like crooning at CIB social occasions and for his amusing and often frank round robin emails under his nom de plume of ‘The Jester.’
Spiro cared deeply about CIB members and the support CIB provides to people with sight loss. We all still miss Spiro, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Greek Leek’, or simply ‘Spi’, and the joy and love of life he brought to us.
Our dedicated staff and volunteers are inspiring and passionate, but we rely on funding and donations to continue our vital work. Everyone knows someone with failing sight, we are here for them. Please help us to help them.
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