Lofob graduates ‘future leaders’

2016-12-06 06:01
The drama group at League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) staged a play showing the help Lofob gives to its clients. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

The drama group at League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob) staged a play showing the help Lofob gives to its clients. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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It was a day of great celebration when 31 visually impaired people excitedly geared up for their annual certificate ceremony on Friday 2 December.

Six blind toddlers and 25 adults took steps to a brighter future when they graduated from the League of Friends of the Blind (Lofob).

At the same event, four adults proudly celebrated the completion of their matric years.

The group of excited people staged two plays on the day as entertainment for those who came to watch them graduate. The pre-school group re-enacted a nativity play while the drama group demonstrated the help that is available from the Lofob organisation with assistive devices, scribes and volunteers.

Lofob executive director Armand Bam said at the event: “The future of this country is dependent on an educated youth and we are pleased that Lofob can make this contribution in the development of future leaders. We are celebrating the courage of people with disabilities.”

He added it was a great relief to celebrate the achievements with the group and applauded their success.

Bam encouraged those who participated in Lofob’s programmes with a Dr Seuss saying: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

Parents and other family members gathered in the Isaac Hacobs Hall for the annual event. They shared stories on how they adjusted to a journey with a visually impaired or blind relative.

Azola Ngcebetsha, the mother of one of the preschool graduates, said the journey with her son Lindokuhle had been a tough one.

“He was born in the Eastern Cape and he has been visually impaired since birth, but the doctors did not detect it early enough. Only after he turned one, when we had relocated to Cape Town, he had gastro and was taken to Tygerberg Hospital. It was there that the professor told me Lindokuhle had trouble with his eyes. The optic nerve was not growing properly.

“Since then I received help when someone told me of Lofob and today I cannot be happier with his progress. I am so emotional,” she said.

The Lofob preschool programme includes help with school readiness, life skills, parent support and independence development.

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