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Charity dinner at Lawry's raises $30,000 for the visually-handicapped

Published on Mar 9, 2014 10:44 PM

On Sunday night at Lawry's The Prime Rib at Mandarin Gallery, Orchard, a man and a woman clad in black polo shirts served bread rolls to guests; a 12-year-old girl played a piece on the piano.

It would not have been remarkable, except for the fact that the trio are visually handicapped. The occasion was a charity dinner and the trio attended along with the likes of Dr Yeo Sze Ling, a researcher at A*Star who shared her experiences in using assistive technologies such as software that reads out text to overcome her visual disability.

About 90 guests, including Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, turned up for the dinner, which raised about $30,000 for the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped (SAVH).

Minister Chan said with such technologies and the help of society, the blind could lead empowered lives. He also urged society to be more accepting of those with disabilities.

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