Last night, Vision Bermuda, formerly the Bermuda Society of the Blind, held their official roof wetting ceremony at Beacon House, where major renovations are currently underway.
“ Naturally, we are disappointed that COVID restrictions on gathering numbers meant that we could not share this roof wetting occasion with all of our friends, clients and other stakeholders, but we know that so many are supporting and wishing us success as we complete this project,” Vision Bermuda Executive Director Theresa Hall said.
According to Board Director and Lions Club Bermuda member Marc Moribido, discussions first started about renovating Beacon House as far back as 16 years ago and the new facility certainly had its fair share of setbacks and problems, due in large part to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“ The roof was installed 10 days ago, which is a good thing,” Mr. Moribido said. “ Now we can proceed with the installation of windows, doors and flooring, all of which will hopefully arrive on the island within four to five weeks.”
Funding for the new facility was made possible through Lions Club Bermuda, who contributed 20 percent of their overall budget to Vision Bermuda, individual and corporate donors and the board of Vision Bermuda, who have each contributed at least $10,000.
“ [This new facility] will conform with local standards and building codes as well as international standards for universal design,” Board Director Dudley Cottingham said. “ People with vision impairments come from all walks of life and socioeconomic conditions. Just like its name, Beacon House will become a beacon of hope and opportunity.”
Despite over $700,000 being raised for the project, Vision Bermuda still needs some more funds to fully complete the renovation project. Anyone interested in donating can visit visionbermuda.bm or call their office at 292-3231. Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated.
Vision Bermuda looks forward to inviting everyone to the facility’s grand opening in the not too distant future.
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