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Dining in the Dark for a worthy cause

Jennifer Hynes, early intervention specialist with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), tackles a bowl of soup without the assist of vision. CNIB hosts an annual fundraiser, Dining in the Dark, to help others understand challenges faced by the blind. Tickets are still available for the local event being held next Thursday.
Jennifer Hynes, early intervention specialist with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), tackles a bowl of soup without the assist of vision. CNIB hosts an annual fundraiser, Dining in the Dark, to help others understand challenges faced by the blind. Tickets are still available for the local event being held next Thursday.

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. -For those with clear vision, it is easy to take the simple things at a dinner table for granted.

Take away a single sense, such as sight, and things become a little more complicated.

Dining in the Dark, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), is designed to give participants a feel for the challenges faced by the blind while supporting the charity.

CNIB was founded in 1918 to serve veterans returning home blind from World War I.

The fundraiser helps support CNIB programs and services for the blind or partially sighted.

As you enter the dimly light restaurant, a blindfold is placed over your eyes.

Escorted to a table with assistance, participants partake of the entire meal in darkness.

“We’ll get them to tap the back of their chair, get familiar with where their chair is to pull out,” said Jennifer Hynes, Early Intervention Specialist with CNIB.

“What we say is, ‘think of your plate as a clock, potato’s are at six, chicken is at twelve. It’s descriptive,”’ she told the Advertiser Wednesday.

It is a unique evening that will ignite your remaining senses.

The experience will help guests to enjoy the aromas and textures of a delicious meal while wearing eye masks.

Hynes says the event can also be a lot of fun.

“The group last year really lived in that moment. They said, ‘you know what, I’m going to enjoy it,….I’m not the one going home with vision loss.”’

The next local Dining in the Dark event takes place on Thur., Nov. 17 starting 6 p.m. at 48 High St. in Grand Falls-Windsor. Tickets are $50 each and anyone interested can contact Jennifer.hynes@cnib.ca or by telephone 709-489-6515.

There will also be a silent auction to participate in.

Patrick.murphy@tc.tc

Take away a single sense, such as sight, and things become a little more complicated.

Dining in the Dark, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), is designed to give participants a feel for the challenges faced by the blind while supporting the charity.

CNIB was founded in 1918 to serve veterans returning home blind from World War I.

The fundraiser helps support CNIB programs and services for the blind or partially sighted.

As you enter the dimly light restaurant, a blindfold is placed over your eyes.

Escorted to a table with assistance, participants partake of the entire meal in darkness.

“We’ll get them to tap the back of their chair, get familiar with where their chair is to pull out,” said Jennifer Hynes, Early Intervention Specialist with CNIB.

“What we say is, ‘think of your plate as a clock, potato’s are at six, chicken is at twelve. It’s descriptive,”’ she told the Advertiser Wednesday.

It is a unique evening that will ignite your remaining senses.

The experience will help guests to enjoy the aromas and textures of a delicious meal while wearing eye masks.

Hynes says the event can also be a lot of fun.

“The group last year really lived in that moment. They said, ‘you know what, I’m going to enjoy it,….I’m not the one going home with vision loss.”’

The next local Dining in the Dark event takes place on Thur., Nov. 17 starting 6 p.m. at 48 High St. in Grand Falls-Windsor. Tickets are $50 each and anyone interested can contact Jennifer.hynes@cnib.ca or by telephone 709-489-6515.

There will also be a silent auction to participate in.

Patrick.murphy@tc.tc

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