Lions International designate the second week in October as World Sight Awareness Week to highlight worldwide sight problems. To mark this, Stone Lions Club arrange an event in the High Street each year.
This year’s Walk for Sight was held on Tuesday, October 9. The Town Mayor Kristan Green was invited, along with Guide Dogs for the Blind who brought with them two working dogs. Pupils also came from St Michael’s CE First School, Christ Church CE First School and Christ Church Academy, 17 in all.
The walk started from The Lounge in the Market Square. The Town Mayor was blindfold and guided by Stone Lions Club President, Lion Paul Martin, closely followed by the ‘Lion’ (Lion Shirley Martin), the guide dogs and school pupils.
The pupils walked in pairs with one being blindfolded for part of the walk and then changing over to give them all the opportunity of being guided. They were impressed with the experience and of being able to try the doctored spectacles after the walk.
Stone Lions took over the collecting boxes in order to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The walk progressed up the High Street to optician Peter Bowers who collect unwanted spectacles for Stone Lions to send off for recycling, then back down to Nu-Syte Opticians who do likewise and back to The Lounge.
Stone Lions would like to thank everyone who supported this event.