In this month’s edition: Be My Eyes’ 4th birthday, 2 million sign-ups, the Better Story Award and Holman Prize 2019. Read it online or as a plain text.

Welcome to the January Newsletter!

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Hello 2019! We hope that the year has been treating you well so far, and that you had a safe entry into 2019. In this year’s first edition of the Be My Eyes newsletter, you can read about the Be My Eyes Community’s 4th birthday, and the Be My Eyes Community reaching 2 million sign-ups. This month, we were also announced as the winner of the Better Story Award. If you’re a blind or low-vision user, you can now apply for the 2019 Holman Prize. In the featured story of the month, you can meet the volunteer Sally who sees Be My Eyes as an opportunity to give back. Enjoy the read!

Featured Story

Listen to Sally’s story on YouTube

Sally’s Story: An Opportunity to Give Back

Sally is a Be My Eyes volunteer from Essex in the United Kingdom. Even though Sally has yet to take her first call, Be My Eyes still gives her a newfound sense of purpose.

Read Sally’s story

News & Updates

The Be My Eyes app was released for iOS on January 15th 2015. Be My Eyes founder, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, holding up an iPhone with the first version of the Be My Eyes app open in his workshop.

NEW: Happy Birthday to the Be My Eyes Community!

January 15th 2019 marked four years since the Be My Eyes app was launched, and the 4th birthday of the Be My Eyes Community. Thanks to the amazing community, a lot of incredible things have happened in Be My Eyes’ first four years!

Picture with a collage of the volunteers' and blind and low-vision users' faces in the background. In the foreground, the image reads: “ 2,000,000 Sign-ups” with the Be My Eyes logo at the top.

NEW: 2 Million Amazing People

The Be My Eyes Community has reached the astonishing number of 2 million sign-ups, and we are thrilled to discover what will come next!

The Better Story Awards' animated logo picturing a woman lying on a human-sized book that is flying over a city.

NEW: Be My Eyes wins the Better Story Awards

On January 15th 2019, Be My Eyes was announced as the winner of the Better Story Awards - an award created by Zedem Media to honor organizations that create a positive change in the world.

Picture of the 2018 Holman Prize winners; Stacy Cervenka, Conchita Hernandez and Red Szell.

NEW: 2019 Holman Prize for Blind Ambition

Remember to submit your application for the Holman Prize 2019 - Applications are open until February 28th 2019!

Selected Quotes

“Whenever I'm feeling down or I’m bored or whatever, and then I get a call and I help someone, it really changes my mood completely.”

– Omar, volunteer from Egypt

“After using this app, I just sat down, and I realized that I totally feel a true sense of independence. It was a truly groundbreaking moment for me.”

– Shaun, blind user from United States

Be My Eyes Loves

Georgie Morrell on stage wearing black top.

Comedian/Writer/Actor/one-eyed legend Georgie Morrell

Georgie Morrell is a Comedian, Presenter, Actor and Writer from the UK. Georgie was diagnosed with uveitis glaucoma as a child and has been partially sighted for most of her life. In her comedy shows and her writing, she talks about life with a disability with a humoristic twist. She is currently working on her third full-length stand up show ‘Eyecon’. You can follow Georgie on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or check her next gigs on Georgie Morrell’s website!

Before You Go

Be My Eyes will host an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit! If you’re curious about anything with Be My Eyes or blindness in general, feel free to tune in on February 7th at 7PM CET (1PM EST/10AM PST). You’ll be able to ask questions to the Be My Eyes Communications Team as well as Be My Eyes founder Hans Jørgen Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself. We look forward to answer all your questions!

That’s all we had for you this month. We hope that 2019 will be an amazing year for you, and we look forward to see what this year has in store for the Be My Eyes Community.

Until next time!
The Be My Eyes Team.

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