BALLOON RACE FOR WORLD SIGHT DAY, Corby and District Lions Club

balloonCorby and District Lions Club recently organised a Balloon Race with sponsorship and support from Specsavers in Corby. This was to raise awareness of sight related issues.  Mayor of Corby, Peter McEwan, volunteered to spend half an hour walking round Corby town centre blindfolded,  with two ‘Lion’ guides. He experienced some of the difficulties that a person with blindness might encounter in purchasing goods from local shops or even getting a cup of coffee. Corby Lion Bipin Karsandas who organised the event, explained,’The day was organised to support Lions World Sight Day and the importance of providing basic eye treatment for those living in Developing Countries and make people aware of the  importance of having a regular eye test’. We were also joined by Margaret Mitchell from Northants Association for the Blind.  The money raised will help provide basic treatment for conditions like river blindness and cataract operations or glasses for those with poor vision. We are grateful to Specsavers in Corby for sponsoring the event by providing balloons, gas and literature on sight issues. Finally we would like to thank all those who supported us, and through that the club raised more than £700 which will be going to sight related charities.  Our picture shows the Mayor about to release the balloons with the assistance of several Lions members and the staff of Specsavers. We are still waiting for the winning ticket which has traveled the farthest to get back to us!

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