Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 5, 2012

Greensburg Lions to hold 'White Cane Days' drive

Rob Cox
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — On Oct. 19, the Lions International of Greensburg will hold its Annual White Can Days Collection Drive at MainStreet Market, Lincoln Street, and at MainStreet Market, Main Street.

Ann Lindsay, assistant to Greensburg Lions President Kaywin Lindsay, told the Daily News the drive would run from 2 to 7 p.m.

“The money collected from this drive will be used to buy glasses for people who otherwise can’t afford them,” Lindsay explained. “We also donate the money to seeing-eye-dog programs and other programs to assist people with vision problems.”

Lindsay added that the Lions conduct several other similar drives throughout the year, including a used hearing aid collection, an eyeglasses for third-world countries drive, a cell-phones for battered women drive, and a “keys for cancer” drive.

According to materials supplied to the Daily News, the Lions International were founded in 1921 by an English Man blinded in an accident.

In the time since it founding, the Lions has grown into a worldwide movement and is largely responsible for “white cane” laws, which are found throughout the United States and around the world.

Those laws provide a legally-blind designation to anyone carrying a white cane with a red handle, the materials state, “identifying the cane bearer’s special need for travel consideration among their sighted counterparts.”

According to the materials, in the U.S., Oct. 15 is officially designated “National White Can Safety Day,” while the third week of May is designated “White Cane Week,” by the National Federation of the Blind.

For more information on the International Lions Club, visit www.lionsclub.org. For more information on the NFB, visit www.nfb.org.

For more information on White Can Days, call 626-307-9569.



Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.