Talking Newspaper's milestone

A GROUP of local volunteers celebrated a milestone this week that was very close to the hearts of the team at The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Coffs Harbour Vision Australia has recorded the 1000th edition of the Talking Newspaper.

After 20 years converting the print stories into audio versions for sight-impaired people, the special edition was narrated by Larry Langman and produced, copied and distributed by Ken and Brenda Harrigan.

“There's no precise number but we estimate in excess of 50,000 tapes have been sent to clients over the past two decades,” Dean Hancock co-ordinator of volunteers said.

“This long-running service is praised by clients and Vision Australia services providers as a way for clients to maintain contact with their local communities and hear news from the area.

“In future, we hope the service will be automated and read electronically on to a specially formatted CD.”

At present, people who register for the service are delivered cassette tapes that are returned to the group for recycling.

Ken and Brenda Harrigan were given special recognition at a function this week celebrating the 1000th edition.

The pair has been involved in producing the Talking Newspaper with Vision Australia for 20 years as volunteers.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Vision Australia can contact the organisation on 6659 9212 and direct inquiries to Dean Hancock.

If you would like to receive the Talking Newspaper free service, call 1800 847 466 to register.

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