Valli Rally 2020: a ‘virtual’ success

The Valli Rally 2020 has raised over £7500 for Kirklees Visual Impairment Network!

The event was organised by West Yorkshire based opticians, Valli Opticians for the second year who are fantastic supporters of KVIN.

A record 163 people took part and walked a collective 2095 miles, which due to COVID-19 and in a departure from the previous year was held as a virtual sponsored walk.

KVIN would like to thank Moin for his dedication in running the event for a second year and the support of his staff team at Valli Opticians as well as all the participants and supporters who got behind the event and did their own walks throughout the week.

Moin Valli, MD at Valli Opticians and Vice-Chair at KVIN, said: “I am proud that recent restrictions due to COVID-19 did not stop us. We were able to get more people signed up to do the walk this year despite it being a ‘virtual’ event and we managed to raise the most amount of money we ever have.”

David Quarmby, chairman at Kirklees Visual Impairment Network, said: “KVIN is a charity that is run by people with visual impairments to benefit those who have been given the devastating news that they’re about to lose their eyesight to eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. It is a real lifeline for people who think they must give up doing all the things they like.”

Sam Heaton, KVIN Communications Officer, said: “I would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, service users and supporters who created their own videos to promote the Valli Rally. For many this was a major step out of their comfort zone, but it gave us something really powerful to share more widely and reach more people.’

A series of videos were made by participants during the week which can be viewed on You Tube here.

Here Aisha explains how she has benefited from KVIN and why she took part in Valli rally 2020;

In addition to the sponsorship funds collected by the walkers, the event was sponsored by optical companies Hoya Lens UK and Dunelm Optical.

If you would like to make a donation you can use this link on JustGiving.

Here are some photos of KVIN staff, volunteers and service users who took part;

Thank you!