International White Cane Day returns to Mandalay
TO raise the morale and the visibility of people with disabilities, advocacy organisations are joining forces with local government authorities to stage White Cane Day in Mandalay on October 15.
The regional Department of Social Welfare and School for the Blind organisations from the Shwe Minthar Foundation, Upper Myanmar office, are coming together to host the event.
More than 300 visually impaired people from Mandalay, Sagaing, Monywa and Pyin Oo Lwin have already enrolled to take part in the event, the fifth of its kind, according to the Shwe Minthar Foundation’s Mandalay branch.
“The purpose of White Cane Day is to bring the situation of people with disabilities to the attention of the public, so that everyone can recognise the needs and abilities of disabled people, to improve their relationship with the authorities and raise their morale,” a foundation official told The Myanmar Times on October 10.
White Cane Day Celebration will begin at Mandalay’s Zeigyo clock tower at 6am, when visually impaired people will walk to City Hall, using their white canes and accompanied by helpers.
International White Cane Day was first held in Yangon in 1992, and in upper Myanmar since 2011.
Mandalay’s Department of Social Welfare can be reached on 02-61150 and 09-91048590 by those wishing to donate money, food or medicine.
– Translation by San Layy
Mandalay walkers participate in White Cane Day 2015.