The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Federationists from around the state will gather at Three Links Shelter in beautiful Rochester, Minnesota on Saturday, September 6. We'll walk, wheel, run, bike, rollerblade, and otherwise move forward for 10 kilometers, along the Zumbro River and around Mayo baseball field. After our refreshing journey, lunch will be available for $5.

We need lots of walkers or "movers", so please plan to join us on the route! Many of you have been working hard already over the last few months to raise funds-thank you! All participants in the Walk for Opportunity should plan to raise at least $25.00. Your contributors may donate in the following ways:

  • Give it to you in-hand Or
  • Make a donation online (In the Description field, write "[your name], Walk for Opportunity". Or
  • Send a check, made out to the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, to:
    National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
    100 East 22nd Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    (Have them include a note with your name and the words "Walk for Opportunity").

We have small fliers available to assist you with soliciting donations. The flier explains all about the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota and how to contribute to the Walk for Opportunity. We also have sample e-mails available in case you'd like to send out e-mails to those you know requesting donations. If you would like some of the cards or to receive a sample e-mail, contact Jennifer Dunnam at jennifer.dunnam1829@gmail.com or 612-203-2738

Remember that Facebook and Twitter can also be a great way to spread the word about this fund raiser and bring in on-line donations. We have an event set up on our Facebook page, so you can join and share it on your own Facebook profile, as well as direct people to links to the event via your status.

Each person participating in the Walk for Opportunity should sign up no later than August 22 by contacting Sid Starnes at sstarnes@blindinc.org or (612) 872-0100. In addition to giving her your name as a participant, please also indicate if you would like to reserve a lunch ($5.00) and/or a seat on the bus from the metro area ($25.00).

On the day of the event, please bring with you the Walk for Opportunity Official Entry Form, filled out, along with all in-hand contributions you have collected. You will hand these in at registration. You will receive the entry form in the mail along with this letter, and it will be available online as well.

Registration begins at 9:00 on September 6; please arrive promptly so that we'll all be registered and ready to start moving by 10:00.

The walk starts at Three Links Shelter at Silver Lake Park, 840 7th Street NE, Rochester. Print and braille copies of the walk route will be available and will also be emailed in advance).

For those leaving from the metro area, a bus will depart from our headquarters at 100 East 22nd Street, Minneapolis, at 7:30 AM. The cost of the bus is $25.00, and reservations for the bus should be made when you sign up for the walk. Note that the payment for the bus will be made to the Metro chapter during the bus ride, and the payment for the lunch will be made to the Rochester chapter during registration.

As you know, we in the NFB of Minnesota work hard to protect the rights and further opportunities for blind people of all ages, so even if you are unable to walk with us, please seek out those donations, or make a donation yourself. We need the help of all our members to make this year's Walk for Opportunity the most successful ever! Join the fun on September 6 as we work together to raise funds and visibility for the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota.

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NFB-NEWSLINE®

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND, Inc.)

State Services for the Blind

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