Legally blind Tamworth student Emily Bellamy receives new computer from Lions Club of Kootingal and District

The Lions Club of Kootingal and District presented legally blind Tamworth student Emily Bellamy with a brand-new Apple iMac this week at Joblink Plus’s Tamworth office.

The donation, facilitated by the Joblink Plus consultants Rochelle Wallace and Angela Jenkins, gives Miss Bellamy greater accessibility to her study and her work.

Studying both a Certificate IV in Business Administration, and a Certificate III in Medical Terminology, Miss Bellamy mentioned to her previous Job Placement Consultant, Ms Wallace, that her old computer wasn’t quite cutting it, and was becoming a barrier to her study.

Ms Wallace, a member of the Kootingal Lions Club, said: “I’ll have a chat to the Club and see what they can do.”

On Monday, Kootingal Lions Club secretary Wayne Guy, personally delivered with the latest Apple iMac desktop computer to Miss Bellamy while she was at Joblink.

“It’s an improvement over my old computer,” she said.

“It’s accessible out of the box with Siri, it’s faster, and can run everything I need – Windows and Mac OS, at the same time. And it’s not just for studying or work – I use it for my online banking, my shopping lists.”

Ms Jenkins, Miss Bellamy’s current Job Placement Consultant is also extremely grateful to the club.

“They are a very pro-active club, very active in the community,” she said.

Emily hopes to thank the Kootingal Lions Club in person at their next meeting.

“To provide the funding for it – I was quite surprised,” Emily said.

“I’m very grateful to the Lions Club and Rochelle.

“With my ageing previous computer, I don’t know what I would’ve done.”