The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio will hold its 5th
Annual White Cane Walk, presented by ProMedica- Flower Hospital,
Huntington and Sylvania Sunrise Lions Club, Inc., on Saturday,
September 29th, 2012 from 9am to 12pm at the Flower Hospital
campus, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania. This event will provide
much-needed resources to help deliver services to people of all
ages in our community who are blind or visually impaired, and
will increase awareness of the Ohio White Cane Law.
efforts to educate drivers, many do not realize that they must
yield the right-of-way to blind pedestrians on any public
thoroughfare. The Sight Center is hopeful that increased
awareness will help to save lives.
“It is our hope
that the White Cane walk will raise awareness in the general
public about issues facing people who are blind or visually
impaired,” says Dawn Christensen, Executive Director of
The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. “This walk will not only
give participants the opportunity to walk to SEE change, but
will also hopefully open their eyes to the potential and
learn the basics of how to use a white cane and how to serve as
a sighted guide to someone who is blind or visually impaired.
Each participant will have an opportunity to use a white cane
while walking blindfolded through a route around Flower Hospital
property with the assistance of a sighted guide partner.
Additional hands-on activities, games, raffles items and
demonstrations will be available. New for 2012 is a one mile
walk beginning at 10 am.
This year The
Sight Center is excited to hold the Bar 145 Celebrity Eating
Challenge, which will create awareness of the challenges people
who are blind and visually impaired face when enjoying even the
simplest pleasures in life, such as eating a meal.
participants, including Pam Hanley, President of Sunrise Lions
Club, Jeff Symanski, VP of Toledo Opitical and three others will
be faced with the challenge of eating a three course meal
blindfolded, using appropriate etiquette and proper eating
utensils. The competition will be judged by a distinguished
panel and will take place at eleven.
the event is $15 per person or $30 for a family of four.
Participants can sign up at
www.sightcentertoledo.org or in person at the event. Please
call The Sight Center with questions at 419-720-3937.
The White Cane
Walk is made possible by support from other sponsors including:
LaPrensa, The Andersons, Brooks Insurance, Toledo
Optical, Vision Associates, LE Savory Tree & Lawn Service,
Inc,.Mira & Kolena, Pinnacle Eye Care, Holy Trinity
Knights-Swanton, The Collaborative, Channel 13, Waterford Bank
and Mark S. Feldstein Foundation.