Vision Australia Shepparton volunteer Peter O’Connor is part of a dynamic duo with his faithful guide dog Grenville.
The pair can often be seen sitting side-by-side as Mr O’Connor operates the panel for Vision Australia Shepparton’s radio service.
Mr O’Connor has no sight in his left eye and tunnel vision in his right eye but this has not stopped him from pursuing his passion for radio and volunteering.
He has been volunteering at Vision Australia for four years and said it was important to give back to the organisation which had helped him so much.
‘‘I’m passionate about radio in general for vision-impaired people and local information sharing,’’ Mr O’Connor said.
‘‘(And volunteering) is better than staying at home and sort of wasting your life — why not get out there and do something?’’
Vision Australia Shepparton volunteer co-ordinator Pam Power said they would be holding information sessions about technical operating and presenting soon and were encouraging people with an interest to attend.
Ms Power said the presenter and radio information session would cover what Vision Australia was, how they helped the community, what role volunteers played in the radio service and what presenting involved.
There would then be a break followed by a technical operating session which looked at what people did in the role.
‘‘It’s a really great opportunity for people out there who have thought about joining community radio or being involved as a volunteer with radio but weren’t quite sure what it was about or where to start,’’ she said.
‘‘They can just come along, listen to what we’ve all got to say, make up their own mind and if they want to be involved they’ve just got to put their hand up and we can start that process.’’
Mr O’Connor said radio was incredibly important for those who were vision-impaired.
‘‘Reading a newspaper is okay for those who can read print but Vision Australia is about turning print into sound, it would take a lot to read a newspaper out of a magnifier,’’ he said.
The technical operator and presenter/reader information sessions are on Thursday, May 11, at Vision Australia Shepparton, corner of Archer St and Channel Rd in Shepparton.
The presenter/reader information session will run from 9am to 10am and the technical operator session will be held from 10.30am to 11.30am.
If interested in attending either of these sessions, you must register your attendance to Pam Power by phoning 58319400 or emailing [email protected] org by May 5.
To listen to Vision Australia Shepparton tune into 100.1FM.