White Cane program presented at Columbus Lions meeting

Published 1:55 pm Friday, March 2, 2012

Program helps visually impaired in multiple ways
Will Hicks, 2nd Vice District Governor and White Cane Chairman of District 31A, recently presented a program

Lions Second Vice District Governor Will Hicks speaks to Columbus Lions about the White Cane program. (photo submitted by Helen Trevathan)

about North Carolina Lions White Cane program to the Columbus Lions.
Hicks said the White Cane program touches the lives of thousands of individuals across the state.
White canes have been provided to North Carolina’s visually impaired since the 1940s and also funds provide many other services as well.
White Cane supports Camp Dogwood in Sherrills Ford, N.C., on Lake Norman.
The camp hosts visually impaired campers, providing them with the summer fun of boating, hiking, and other activities.
In addition, White Cane supports local Lions Clubs with matching the funds for the purchase of eyeglasses, eye exams and eye surgery for needy citizens of North Carolina, and it supports a Vision Van, which the Columbus club brings to Polk County every other year.
The program also provides scholarships to children of visually impaired parents and also funds athletic programs at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, N.C.
An annual fishing tournament at the Outer Banks , supported by White Cane grants, is the largest single event held for the visually impaired in the United States.
The Columbus Lions meet on the first and third Thursday evenings at Calvert’s Restaurant in Columbus.
They encourage anyone interested in community service to visit with them.
For information, call Fran Goodwin at 828-894-2505.
– article submitted by Helen Trevathan

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