27 October 2014

White Cane Fun Run

11 October 2014

White Cane Fun Run

International White Cane Day is celebrated annually on 15 October, honouring the achievements of visually impaired individuals.  It also serves to commemorate the “white cane” as a symbol for blindness and a tool for independence.  

This year Spec Savers; Port Elizabeth Eye and Laser Institute and Nkosinathi Foundation for the Visually Impaired joined hands to host the Annual White Cane Fun Run in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 11 October 2014 at The Boardwalk.  This was the 3rd year that the event was presented and this year included a 10km fun run as well to accommodate the runners.  

The event aimed to increase awareness of the meaning of the “white cane” to visually impaired individuals and we encouraged visually impaired people to walk with their guide dogs or mobility canes while sighted people was encouraged to wear block out glasses and rent a white cane for the walk.   Participants was also given the opportunity to be a ‘Buddy for the Blind”, a life changing experience that allowed a sighted person to lead a blind/visually impaired person for the duration of the course. 

After the event all the participants both visually impaired and sighted had time to meet and network during the prize giving and lucky draw to further raise awareness.  The event was a huge success with attendance of 414 participants!