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Braille music proof-reader in need of braille display

Braille music proof-reader in need of braille display

Funds Raised:
R 3 985
Fundraising Target:
R 55 000

Personal message

Morné is a normal person.  He just can’t see.

Initially, nobody even noticed that Morné van der Merwe was blind. At the age of 3 months, however, a doctor confirmed that he had an eye condition called retinal displacement. This basically meant that Morné was born with underdeveloped retinas.

When Morné turned three, his family moved from Welkom to Worcester so that he could attend the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired. Music brought Morne joy from a very young age and his unique talent was distinct. After matriculating in 1999, he enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch to study Languages and Music and returned to Worcester in 2011. He then started working at Pioneer Printers, a NPO that produces literature in accessible formats (braille, large print, and audio) for visually impaired readers. As a braille music proof-reader at Pioneer Printers, he assists with the editing of braille music by reviewing and proofreading its quality and correcting possible errors. Morné enjoys playing the organ at 2 local churches every Sunday and also plays the violin at special events.

Morné is in dire need of a Brailliant 40-X braille display valued at R55,000. This device improves note-taking for the blind and simplifies accessibility of reading material in braille on a computer. Morné can connect this device to a computer and the information on the screen will immediately be available in braille. The braille display will also allow him to load the hymns he needs to prepare for church, onto this device. The hymn book for one church hymn comprises of 9 very thick braille books. Printed braille takes up quite an amount of space. By downloading the entire hymn book on the device, it will save him a lot of effort in carrying books around. It will also save paper as he won't need to print the music in braille. Morné would also very much like to further his studies and the Braille Display will help him read his textbooks and take notes.

Thank you for considering making a difference in Morne’s life by helping him achieve his goal in raising funds to purchase the Brailliant 40-X.


  • Mar 31, 2023 - USD $ 121.29 Fees covered
  • "Alle sterkte Morné. God seën" - Corne Claassen

  • Nov 04, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hi Morne; ek onthou jou van klasse op Stellies kampus. Sterkte met die fondsinsameling." - Elsabe

  • Nov 03, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hope this little bit helps" - Ida

  • Nov 03, 2022 - USD $ 2.96 Fees covered
  • "As a child I led Sunday school & church services playing the organ, I haven’t played in many years but seeing this brought back memories. I hope my small contribution helps. " - Hayley Reichert

  • Nov 03, 2022 - USD $ 59.14 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Morne, Juffrou Kruger se dogter Leonora" - Leonora Kruger

  • Nov 03, 2022 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best!" - Lizanne

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Fundraising target

R 55 000.00

Donations to date

R 3 985.25

Innovation for the Blind

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Innovation for the Blind (previously Institute for the Blind), situated in the care capital town of South Africa, Worcester, is a non-profit organisation that has been catering to the all-inclusive, specialised needs of visually impaired adults since 1881.  Our mission is to empower persons who are blind, partially sighted or deafblind, including visually impaired persons with additional disabilities towards improved quality of life and reaching maximal levels of independence.