Gravette Lions Club sets White Cane Day

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Su­san Hol­land shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Mem­bers of the Gravette Lions Club will hold their an­nual White Cane Day Satur­day, Sept. 23. They will have ta­bles set up at CV’s $avers Club, at Dol­lar Gen­eral and at the Hi­wasse fall fes­ti­val and will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to help with their sight con­ser­va­tion work.

White Cane Day be­gan in 1930 when a Lions Club mem­ber watched a blind man cross­ing a busy street with a black cane. Real­iz­ing the dark cane was hardly vis­i­ble, his club de­cided to paint it white to make it more vis­i­ble to on­com­ing mo­torists.

The first spe­cial White Cane Or­di­nance was passed in Peo­ria, Ill. It granted blind pedes­tri­ans pro­tec­tion and the right-of-way when­ever they were us­ing a white cane.

In 1931, Lions Clubs In­ter­na­tional started a na­tional program to pro­mote the use of white canes for per­sons who were blind.

Gravette Lions would ap­pre­ci­ate your sup­port in rais­ing funds for their work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. All funds do­nated are used for projects to as­sist per­sons in the im­me­di­ate area. Mem­bers of the club were in­volved this month in eye test­ing of pre-K and kinder­garten stu­dents at Glenn Duffy El­e­men­tary School. One hun­dred and sixty-six stu­dents were tested and 20 were re­ferred for fur­ther eye ex­ams. The club also pro­vides as­sis­tance to per­sons need­ing eye ex­ams or eye­glasses who are not fi­nan­cially able to pur­chase them alone.

The next reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Gravette Lions Club will be held at 12 noon, Tues­day, Sept. 19, at the Sub­way sand­wich shop. Guests and prospec­tive mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

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