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Bookathon 2023: Maretta’s Story

1 May 2023


Maretta, a low vision woman playing electric guitar in her home. She has curly brown hair and is wearing a white hoodie with a colourful graphic on it.


At 19, Maretta is an energetic young woman, staunchly proud of her Samoan-Fijian heritage. It’s easy to forget that she’s also living with low vision due to Wolfram Syndrome, a neurological condition that makes it difficult to see things clearly and can also affect hearing, balance, and blood sugar control.

Living with low vision has been a challenge for Maretta, especially during her time at school. She found it difficult to talk about her struggles and often felt shy and isolated. However, she found support from Blind Low Vision NZ.

Learning of her love of music, we encouraged Maretta to explore this passion as a means of self expression and a way to contribute to the broader community. With our support, she has been able to develop her talents and has even performed at various live events and competitions.

Maretta’s story shows the importance of having access to support and resources when living with low vision. With the right help, young people with low vision can find ways to pursue their passions and live fulfilling lives.

This is what drives our annual Great Kiwi Bookathon, a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to help individuals like Maretta to independently follow their dreams.

Learn more, get your kids to fall in love with books, win prizes, and raise heaps of money for a good cause, click here to visit the Great Kiwi Bookathon website.




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