Brookings Lions to raise funds, awareness during White Cane Days


BROOKINGS – The Brookings Noon Lions will be out in Brookings on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, to raise funds and awareness about the blind an visually impaired during the annual White Cane Days.

White Cane Safety Days is celebrated in the United States on Oct. 15.

Lions Clubs are publicizing the need of the blind and visually impaired, as well as raising contributions to help preserve sight.

Members of the Brookings Noon Lions Club will be located at the Hy-Vee entrance on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to welcome donations to benefit the blind and visually impaired.

Proceeds from the event will go the the Brookings Lions Club to help with individuals who have vision impairments. The local Lions will also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids.

The familiar white cane with a red band at the bottom is used by the blind and visually impaired people in many countries. This device was invented in 1930 by Lion George A. Bonham in Peoria, Illinois.

Today blind people throughout the world use Bonham’s invention. States have created “white cane laws” to protect the visually impaired. Motorists must yield the right-of-way to the blind and visually impaired.

“Our goal for the White Cane Days is $1,500,” said Paul Fixen, president of the Brookings Lions Club. Money raised will support county-wide services through the help of the Lions in Brookings to help the blind and visually impaired in the Brookings community.

Each person who contributes will receive a white cane lapel emblem to symbolize their commitment to preserving sight and empowering the visually impaired.

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