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Monday, 14 October 2013 (3044115)
'Blind Walk' raises sight problem awareness
by Tom Martin


RESDIENTS were invited to walk around Crosby village blindfolded to mark World Sight Day.

The event, organised by Crosby and District Lions Club, involved members of the public trying on special glasses that gave them the same restricted sight as people who suffer from visual impairments.

The ‘Blind Walk', which was safely led by volunteers from the Lions club, also included special guests such as the Mayor of Sefton and Cllr Mrs Maureen Fearn who took part.

A representative from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, Louise Malone, was also there to answer questions about how smoking, alcohol, healthy eating and diabetes all directly affect vision.

There were also members from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and they provided further information and took a donation collection.

Event organiser Lynne Winsland, said: “Lions throughout the world share a common vision - to fight blindness and provide vision care for all.

”Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms and as a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist.

“We believe that 80 per cent of all vision impairment can be avoided or cured.

”Organising this project gave us a chance to raise awareness of the importance of healthy vision and the causes of vision loss“.

Since 1998, Lions World Sight Day, held every October, has aimed to eliminate preventable blindness and improving sight.

More information about Crosby & District Lions Club may be found by visiting www.crosbylions.org.uk






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