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May 29 2014.

Ray Hazan is to be the new President of the Rotary Club of Seaford and will take office in July, adding to his existing role as President of Blind Veterans UK. He will be taking over from the current incumbent Michael Logan.

Ray, who was blinded, lost his right arm and suffered severe hearing loss in an IRA parcel bomb in 1973, says that he sees the role as challenging.  "It is a big responsibility, and quite a challenge, but I have plenty of support from fellow Rotarians. I would love to be different and add some new ideas while steering the current course," he said.

Ray suffered his injuries on his second tour of duty in Northern Ireland and was helped by Blind Veterans UK. He joined a London Rotary club 20 years ago and then joined the Seaford club in 2011.

Ray was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to Blind Veterans UK and the blind community, and he was the subject of a BBC TV documentary in 1974, which followed his physical and emotional rehabilitation.