On Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th the Foresthill Lions Club will be celebrating International White Cane Safety Day.
The Safety awareness program for the blind and visually impaired was started by Lions club members in 1930 and has gained International awareness as a means to remind all motorists of the need to exercise special caution and provide the White Cane user the right of way. Today white cane laws are on the books in every state in the US. Pedestrians carrying a white cane are given legal traffic status in California so please watch for them at the curb. Most rural intersections do not have stop lights with special audible tones which signify a red light and clear safe passage across the intersection for the blind or visually impaired pedestrian. Foresthill Lions urge you to be alert in areas where pedestrians and those in motorized wheelchairs travel in our community. Local Lions will be at Wortons Market on the 11th and 12th accepting donations in return for a White Cane lapel pin which you can wear and use to help us spread awareness for this cause.
This last year the Foresthill Lions provided exams and glasses for seven Foresthill adults and children at an expense of $1,089. The Foresthill Lions also helped four Foresthill residents financially who were in need of cataract surgery.
In 1930, Lion George A. Bonham, President of the Peoria Lions Club (Illinois) introduced the idea of using the white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility. The white cane idea caught on nationally, as well as overseas.