Executive officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Peter Arndt.
Executive officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Peter Arndt. Matt Collins

Blind man refuses to let lack of sight hold him back

PETER Arndt has had an eye condition his whole life, and was legally blind by the age of 32.

The executive officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane was in the South Burnett for Cherbourg's NAIDOC celebrations last week.

"We have been talking with people and spending time understanding the concerns and what the community is trying to do,” Mr Arndt said.

Mr Arndt works to identify the biggest challenges communities are facing, and what the church can do to support what the people want.

"For us, the biggest challenge is building trust,” he said.

"It takes a lot of time to build trust.”

Mr Arndt had no issues navigating the NAIDOC celebrations using his cane.

"I usually have a dog with me,” he said.

While some things take a little longer to complete without vision, Mr Arndt said he didn't let anything hold him back.

"In some cases, people want to be over-protective and want to stop you from doing stuff,” he said.

"I have adopted a private motto of, 'Yes I can'.”

The passionate hiker has trekked in forests throughout Australia, but now hopes to take his hobby to new heights.

"I am going to push the boundaries and see if I can do some mountain climbing like other blind people have done,” he said.