The Birth of St Dunstan’s and its Twinning in South Africa

The Birth of St Dunstan’s and
its Twinning in South Africa

Described as “the most horrific of all wars”, the Great War of 1914 – 1918 saw more that 70 million
people mobilised and in uniform, in a conflict that led to over 9 million military casualties and over
7 million civilian deaths. In Europe alone,

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Graduation at COM

Graduation at COM

Friday 6 April 2018 was a particularly special day at the College of Orientation and Mobility (COM).
Six Orientation and Mobility Practitioners graduated with a National Diploma in Orientation and Mobility Practice. The

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Hope for visually impaired rural people

Hope for visually impaired
rural people

Many disabled people are still overlooked when they apply for employment, but a new project may change
the situation in South Africa. Well-qualified blind people often struggle to find employment. The South African Libraries For
The Blind Project will afford visually impaired people an opportunity to be able to read books and access...

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Back to the future!

Back to the future!

Another unwelcomed month of May politely turned up and another anniversary date got me thinking.
Thinking about my journey as a blind person into the enigmatic world of tactile and auditory challenge. What aids,
what ‘apps’ or devices would I take with me for a similar journey? When I posed this question to a number of my Irish Visually
Impaired Students. One lady gave me a great sobering answer. She dismissed all the hi-tech...

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Our Trusts


Your donations help to empower so many to live independent lives. Donations to the Ian Fraser Memorial Bursary Fund or the John and Esther Ellerman Memorial Trust, no matter how big or small, continue to provide the necessary funds to achieve the universal goal of a fully inclusive society for those with disabilities.

About us

"Victory Over Blindness’ is the motto of St Dunstan’s, and the victory which these men are gaining and have gained is a victory more splendidly and more dearly won than the victory which they and their comrades gained on the field of battle." - Our Founder Sir Arthur Pearson

St Dunstan’s has been supporting War Blinded Veterans since 1915, through physical and emotional support, helping to empower beneficiaries to live independent and fulfilling lives. In 1918, after World War I, an after Care Committee was established in South Africa to care for blinded servicemen returning home. In 1938 the South African organisation became completely autonomous but has continued to maintain a close working relationship with Blind Veterans UK.

The Ian Fraser Memorial Bursary Fund was founded in 1977 by St Dunstan’s, South Africa, in memory of Lord Fraser.He believed that, as he himself proved, that given the reality of blindness, with the necessary determination, support and seizing of opportunities as they present themselves, blind and Visual Impaired students can create a better life for themselves through education.

The John Reeves Ellerman Fund was founded in 1974 by Saint Dunstan’s, South Africa, to perpetuate the memory of the late Sir John Reeves Ellerman, who was a great benefactor and friend of Saint Dunstan’s and a Member of the Board.

The Long Cane Rally committee of 2016

Volunteers Needed

Volunteering at St Dunstan’s is a great way of giving back to your community, be it as a marshal at our annual Long Cane Rally or providing tutoring services for a visually impaired student, your time and effort is greatly appreciated and much needed.

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