At its 1925 international convention, Helen Keller charged Lions Clubs International to be “Knights of the Blind” in the crusade against darkness.
Since then, the Lions have fulfilled this mission. On Oct. 16, the North Haven Lions Club will be at Sam’s Place Restaurant, 344 Washington Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct its inaugural White Cane Safety Day initiative to increase awareness of the white cane traffic safety laws. According to the World Blind Union, which is a global organization representing the 285 million blind or partially sighted people worldwide, “White Cane Day (Oct. 15) is observed worldwide to recognize the movement of blind people from dependency to full participation in society.” Throughout the world, the long white cane is used by people who are blind or visually impaired as a tool for safe and reliable navigation. The white cane is a symbol of the user’s skills and talents, mobility, and independence. It also allows the sighted person to recognize that the user is visually impaired.
In addition, specially trained dogs from the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will be at the event to demonstrate the many ways they meet the varied and changing need of their clientele.
The Lions will also be asking for donations to support Fidelco; the Lions Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties to provide devices that assist clients with dealing with the amount of eye sight that they have remaining, and the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. CLERF had donated over $7.5 million to support sight-related projects since 1961. Grants are currently funding projects at the Yale School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Health Center.
The North Haven Lions Club has been serving our community since 1952 and is part of Lions Clubs International (LCI), the world’s largest humanitarian service organization with 1.4 million members world-wide. For more information about our service activities, and to be part of something meaningful, contact the North Haven Lions Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.