Coronado Lions Club & CHS Leo Club ...

The Coronado Lions Club and Coronado High School (CHS) Leo Club held the annual White Cane Days on Nov. 12 and 13, to educate the public about the meaning of white canes and to raise funds for efforts to assist individuals that suffer from blindness or other sight difficulties. This annual effort goes back to Helen Keller’s challenge to the Lions Club. Coronado High School Leo Sarah Alexander and Coronado Lion Carrie Downey.

The Coronado Lions Club and Coronado High School (CHS) Leo Club held the annual White Cane Days on Nov. 12 and 13, to educate the public about the meaning of white canes and to raise funds for efforts to assist individuals that suffer from blindness or other sight difficulties. This annual effort goes back to Helen Keller’s challenge to the Lions Club.

In 1925 Helen Keller spoke to the Lions International Convention and challenged Lions to become the Knights of the Blind in the Crusade Against Darkness, a challenge the Lions Clubs readily accepted and are still trying to fulfill today. Later, George Bonham , a Lion in Peoria, Illinois, hand painted the first white cane so that sighted people who saw the distinctive red and white colors would recognize the cane users’ challenge as blindness. Then in 1965, California Lions established a nonprofit organization to encourage and assist local Lions Clubs in conducting an annual collection of funds to support organizations dedicated to helping the blind and vision impaired. All donations are used for this purpose. The campaign is called White Cane Days.

Coronado Lions Club White Cane Days events have raised funds for the San Diego Center for the Blind, the Braille Institute, the Lions Optometric Vision Center (LOVC), and the Seeing Eye Dogs of the Desert. Additionally, the Coronado Lions Club collects used eyeglasses donated by the public, cleans them and through Lions Club eyeglass fairs and the LOVC in San Diego, provide eyeglasses free of charge to those that cannot afford eyeglasses.

Anyone can donate their used prescription eyeglasses, eyeglass cases, frames, and reading glasses by depositing them in the yellow Lions Club donation box on the sidewalk in front of the Coronado Post Office, next to the newspaper stand.

The Coronado Lions meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at a no host dinner meeting at the Feast and Fairway Restaurant at the Coronado Golf Course. The CHS Leo club meets monthly at lunchtime at CHS. Both organizations welcome new members and/or donations. Anyone who would like information about either the Lions or Leo clubs, can visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoLionsClub/ or email the club at CoronadoLions@gmail.com

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