An Appeal on behalf of THE RHONDDA INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND, by Mr. WILL JOHN , M.P. for
Contributions will be gratefully received addressed to [address removed]
THE Institute has grown out of a less ambitious effort made in 1919 to provide Christmas cheer for the blind of the Rhondda Valley. So enthusiastic was the support given to the work that a Committee was formed to develop help in a more permanent form. Workmen contributed a penny each per week through the local Colliery lodges and the first section of the Institution was started in 1922. The total cost of the Institute was
£15,000, of which £5,000 was given by the Miners' Welfare Fund, and £10,000 by the workmen of the Rhondda in the form of weekly contributions. The Institution needs an annual income of £12,000 ; of this amount, £7,000 is secured as grants from government and local authorities, and from sales of the work of the blind, but £5,000 must be secured each year from voluntary sources. Because of idle Collieries, voluntary contributions have not reached £2,000 this year.
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