Look who is still talking after 15 years
By JULIA ILES
FOR 15 years Lester Hudson, who is visually impaired, has listened to the Talking Daily Examiner thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers.
He is one of many Valley residents who benefit from the service.
After moving to Grafton from Manly, he approached the then Royal Blind Society ? now Vision Australia ? which organised the service.
"They said take a week's supply of The Daily Examiner and send them into us. The editor at the time supplied them, then Vision Australia came down with recorders and it went from there," Mr Hudson said.
"Over the years, the narrators have just gotten so great."
Esmay Lever, who lost her sight in 2001, looks forward to getting a tape in the mail at the end of the week.
Yesterday, Vision Australia honoured volunteers with a morning tea at the Grafton Community Centre.
Certificates for 15 years of service were presented to Thelma Nelson for production and Helen Wesslink for narration.
"The listeners' favourite part of the paper are the births, deaths and marriages," Mrs Wesslink said.
The production efforts of Sue Vesey (10 years), Margaret Manahan (10 years) and Bev Ulrick (five years) were also recognised with a certificate, as was Reg Bultitude's effort as a narrator (five years).
Thanks was given to narrators Shirley Arrowsmith (eight years), Tess Bloomer (four years), Bill Dougherty (seven years) and Joe Manahan (three years), as well as those on the production team ? Heather Brown (12 years), Kae McLennan (seven years), Nea Buckley (six years), Elaine Taubman (nine years), Peter Dougherty (six years), Bev Garde (four years), Mary Katte (four years), Mal McLennan (three years).