Tue | Nov 20, 2018

Running Events helps to empower the blind community

Published:Friday | October 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Senator Dr Floyd Morris, patron of Running Events’ Everyone’s A Winner 5K and 10K, and Catherine Goodall, director of project development at Food For The Poor Jamaica, pause for a photo op.
Diane Ellis, director of Running Events Jamaica, and Daemion McLean (centre), chairman of the Jamaica Society for the Blind, test one of the 24 new HP personal computers, specially equipped with the non-visual desktop access software, during the recent handover ceremony. Sharing in the moment is David Mair, executive director of Food For The Poor Jamaica.
From left: Gavin Plowright, IT support officer at Food For The Poor Jamaica, explains the Ncomputing X-Series Zero Client Virtual Desktop capabilities to Daemion McLean, chairman of the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB), and Conrad Harris, JSB executive director.
Director of Running Events Jamaica Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis (second left) shares plans for the 2019 Everyone’s A Winner Running Events 5K & 10K race with (from left) Conrad Harris, executive director of Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB); Daemion McLean, chairman of the JSB; and Catherine Goodall, director of project development at Food For The Poor Jamaica, ahead of the presentation by Running Events Jamaica and Food For The Poor.
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Before the running of Everyone's A Winner 5K and 10K, held on Sunday, April 29, 2018, road race organisers, Running Events Jamaica, committed to support the Jamaica Society for the Blind with the race proceeds.

On Monday, October 8, the partners delivered on their promise, in collaboration with Food For The Poor Jamaica, to present 24 HP personal computers, specially equipped with non-visual desktop access (NVDA) software to the society.

NVDA allows blind and vision-impaired individuals to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third-party applications. In other words, members of the blind community are able to interact and access web pages, pay bills, send and receive emails, among other things, through the assistance of NVDA.