BENEFITING: CLEVELAND SIGHT CENTER
EVENT DATE: Jun 18, 2016
Cleveland Sight Center’s White Cane Walk, presented by the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio, is an annual fundraising event that attracts over 400 guests. Through a generous challenge grant from SWP Foundation, the first $30,000 raised will be matched dollar for dollar! This year's event features a 5K Run, 1 Mile Stroll, and the White Cane Walk. Click here to register! Schedule of Events:
5K Run – 8:30 a.m.
1 Mile Stroll – 9:00 a.m.
White Cane Walk – 10:00 a.m.
Located on the main square of Legacy Village, the festive, street fair atmosphere provides an opportunity for individuals to learn how those with vision loss perform daily tasks through hands-on activities and educational stations, including walking the sidewalks UNDER BLINDFOLD using the standard white cane for navigating -i.e., the name of the event- while escorted by a sighted guide. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services at Cleveland Sight Center, which has been named a Four Star Charity The Cleveland Sight Center's mission: to empower people who are blind or who have limited vision to realize their full potential and to shape the community's vision of that potential. Please join me in supporting a top notch multi-services organization that works hard to help blind people overcome barriers, AND is also my employer, the Cleveland Sight Center. Every day when I come to work, I surrender my normal status and am known by many co-workers as a sighted individual: these folks with whom I work and socialize with are not "blind people", I am a "sighted person". Here at the Sight Center blindness/ low vision is not a barrier to working productively, gaining or improving skills, or achieving competitive job goals (or even just getting to work and back); it just is something that they live with, doesn't define who they are. Services that the Sight Center offers range from a unique Pre-school for kids with blindness or low vision, to family support, mobility and orientation services, job training and placement, and tons of interesting group recreation offerings also. And the staff is simply AWESOME: I am privileged to work in the same building with some of the most compassionate, highly effective and dedicated people I've ever worked with.
That said, this coming Saturday I'm going to take it to the streets: walking with a blindfold on and a white cane and with the assistance of a sighted guide walking alongside. Won't you join me in helping to raise needed funds for the CSC by making a contribution here for the White Cane Walk event. Thanks very much!!