Thomond Park abseil challenge for blind and vision impaired youngsters

The RISE family fun day will be held at Thomond Park on Saturday, July 2 from 10am to 2pm.

ABSEILING down the side of Thomond Park is a daunting challenge at the best of times but it takes on a frightening perspective if you’re blind or vision impaired.

That’s the unusual element of an exciting event at the home of Munster Rugby on Saturday, July 2 when the National Council for the Blind (NCBI) hosts a family day out for children and young adults who are blind and visually impaired.

“Nothing like this has ever been organised before,” says Jennifer Wilson, Coordinator of the RISE project which promotes Resilience, Integration, Self-advocacy and Engagement among young people who are blind or vision impaired.

“These children and young adults often don’t often get the same opportunities as their peers who have no disability. The RISE project established by NCBI are organising this event to allow young adults to experience an activity that is both unique and exciting but often not accessible to them in regular circumstances,” she explained.

“We aim to champion social inclusion and hone in on family connection. Which is why we have invited their family members along to participate in all the activities with them on the day.

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“The RISE Project supports the wellbeing of children and young people with a vision impairment, family members and key figures in their lives. It is funded by the Late Late Show Toy Show Appeal and aims to be a pillar for the visually impaired and NCBI community,” Ms Wilson added.