Frank Haley turns 90 this August and his birthday isn’t the only thing he is celebrating. He is celebrating nine years as the top individual donor to the New Hampshire Blind Awareness Walk-a-Thon, which took place this year on June 8.
Congratulations Frank Haley for a job well done. Frank’s total donations collected for 2013 was a whopping $6,162, bringing his total donations for the last nine years to $38,690. These donations have helped a lot of people in a lot of ways.
Frank and wife Ann were accompanied on this walk by daughters-in-law Norma Haley and Vickie Haley and granddaughters Katie, Mariah, and Shannon Haley. Frank, who has a brace boot on his left foot and ankle from an injury, says he enjoys the walk and the food provided to the walkers by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind (NHAB) and their supporters.
The Walk-A-Thon is a 3K walk throughout Concord’s historic district to the State House. Every year prior to the walk, Frank and his wife Ann spend time driving around to meetings, businesses, friends, and acquaintances seeking donations for this worthy cause. Frank said people are “usually pretty generous” and that without their donations, he would not be able to do this.
The Blind Awareness Walk-a-Thon has been produced each year for the past ten years by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. The NHAB provides vision rehabilitation services for New Hampshire people of all ages who, like Frank, are blind or visually impaired.
Some of the services provided by NHAB are Rehabilitation Therapy, which helps an individual maintain his/her independence; Orientation & Mobility Instruction to help an individual develop safe independent travel skills and learn new routes and environments; and Low Vision Services, which assists people who are partially sighted to use their remaining vision more effectively. They also provide educational services, adaptive technology service, volunteer services, and public education.
Frank wishes to thank his family and supporters from the Andover community and beyond who donated money and time to help support the NHAB in this endeavor. For more information about the New Hampshire Association for the Blind or to make a donation contact them at 224-4039 or Services@nullSightCenter.org.