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The Blind Buddy Campaign is an awareness and fund-raising initiative to support the early childhood development and education of blind children, their families, and communities. Our campaign runs various events throughout the year for schools and businesses including Blind Buddy Day, the Blind Buddies Ball, the Blind Buddies Run, merchandise sales, and other engaging events. All funding supports the League of Friends of the Blind’s early childhood development program, and works to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for Education.

Bobo the Bear wearing sunglasses

Who is Bobo?

Bobo is the mascot for the Early Childhood Development program at LOFOB. As a cuddly and friendly icon, he works to engage children and create an approachable means to learn about blindness. His name means “light”.

Become a Blind Buddy

Anyone can support early childhood development!

Ways to Engage

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  • Participate in the Bobo-the-Bear Colour in Competition
  • Host a fundraising event
  • Book a Blind Buddy Education Talk
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  • Participate in the Annual Blind Buddies Ball
  • Support Early Childhood Development with a single or recurring tax deductible donation
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  • Assist with Deliveries
  • Work in Telesales
  • Source prizes, gifts, and auction items
  • Logistical Help
  • Volunteer at events
  • Participate in the Blind Buddies Run

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participating schools and businesses in 2019


number of blind children helped

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Throughout South Africa, we are the only organization supporting blind children’s education and services from birth until the age of 13. Our work doesn’t stop with the child, as we connect with and educate parents and social workers about blindness.

An often overlooked part of working with a blind child is creating a support network for them throughout their community, educating and dispelling prejudices to create a safe space for them to grow. Being a Blind Buddy and supporting our campaign helps raise awareness of the issues that blind children face in their development.

Educating underserved communities about childhood blindness prevention is another role of our program. An educated parent can look for signs and prevent lifelong blindness in their children and more by sharing their knowledge in their community. By giving these parents the resources to learn and connect to assistance, we work to lower the global rate of avoidable blindness that is currently around 80%.

LOFOB members, a learner, and a school principal in a group


Donate to our campaign to help out a child or support our educators today

Sponsor a Child

On average a child with our blindness needs R 42,000 yearly to attend our ECD program.

Support Educators and Education

Our organization has many functions and can always use funding to help our operations and educators.

Social Media

Follow our social media to learn about new events, volunteering opportunities, and to see the impact of the campaign.