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Braille Rallye 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s Braille Rallye Pairs MG Car Drivers with Visually Impaired Guides

M.G. Car Club Sponsors 49th Annual Braille Rallye

Who: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB), a local nonprofit organization that provides job opportunities and services to individuals who are visually impaired, in partnership with the M.G. Car Club of Washington, D.C.

What: The Braille Rallye allows children and adults who are blind or visually impaired to participate in a rallye, a motor race that emphasizes navigation and timekeeping. Participants who are blind or visually impaired are the navigators on the two-person teams. The directions and descriptions of the landmarks that dot the course are written in Braille or large print, so participants must work as a team to complete the course. Competitors are divided into four categories based upon age, experience and reading ability. Judging is based upon how well each team follows the course.

When: Saturday, July 16 10 am – 1:30 pm

10 am -11:15 am: Rallye

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Picnic

12:30 – end: Awards Ceremony

Where: Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia

Why: CLB regularly partners with local community groups to provide fun activities for

its consumers. The activities are designed to promote independence.

 

Media note: Reporters, camera crews and photographers are welcome. To arrange interviews, photo opportunities or a “ride-along” with a rallye crew, please contact Jocelyn Hunter at 202-454-6422 (office) jhunter@clb.org.

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About Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

CLB serves blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Washington area with vision-health screenings, adaptive devices, support groups, retraining, and job counseling and placement.

17% of veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with visual impairment. CLB partners with government and private agencies to retrain and employ these wounded warriors. For more information, please visit www.clb.org.