White Cane Safety Days has a long history with Lions Clubs International and for many years Lions Clubs in Oregon used Safety Days as a way of raising funds for OLSHF. Additionally, Lions used the initiative as a way to raise awareness of safety for legally blind people through a variety of events and talking to people on the street. The white cane symbolizes independence, mobility, and safety, and locally, Lions Club members endeavored to support the sight saving programs administered through their Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. Since then, programs have grown and Lions have sought out many ways to serve in their community and White Cane Safety Days was less prevalent.
Recently, the Lake Grove Lions Club became determined to bring back this campaign. The goal is twofold: first, for Lions to promote the independence and safety of blind and visually impaired adults and children, and secondly, to raise donations for organizations with sight saving medical care or with educational programs serving those with vision impairments. The Lake Grove Lions Club would like any and all friends of Lions to take a moment to share their mission of combating preventable blindness, helping blind and visually impaired people achieve their independence, and to give a gift that makes a difference.
To learn more about the history and impact of White Cane Safety Days, visit the National Federation for the Blind.
To make a gift in honor of White Cane Safety Days to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, please click this link
If you prefer, Text “Cane” to #91999 to make your gift securely through your phone.
To make a gift supporting Hull Park for the Blind’s mission of providing recreational, educational, and social activities for those who are blind or have low vision, please click here.