Walk For Sight 2010

More than 2,000 people experienced temporary “blindness” as they participated in a community event held for a good cause.

These temporarily blind members of the public took turns walking blind-folded during in the Walk For Sight 2010 event at Padang Polo to raise funds for the St Nicholas Home and to create awareness of the disablilities of the visually impaired said Walk For Sight 2010 said organising chairman Beatrice Lam in her speech recently (11 April).

“The funds will be used to help St Nicholas Home revamp their Deaf and Blind Multi-Handicapped Programme, to carry out Early Intervention Programme and to assist the needy undergo cataract operation.

“Monetary contributions will still be accepted after this event and cheques can be made out to “Walk For Sight 2010”,” said Lam.
Unwanted spectacles which will be repaired, placed with correct prescriptive lenses and then donated to the needy and underpriviledged were also donated by participants during the event, she said.

The event started with a staff of St Nicholas Home demonstrating the correct way to lead the visually impaired.

The crowd then sang a birthday song for the the Governor of Penang Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato’ Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Abdul Rahman Bin Hj Abbas who flagged-off the walk at about 8.25
am.

The crowd then participated in aerobics session before they were led through the 3.8km route by the St. Xavier’s Institution School Band along Jalan Utama, Jalan Brown, Jalan Tunku Abdul
Rahman, Jalan Cantonment, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Residensi and back to Padang Polo.

After completing the walk, participants were also treated to free foot massage by visually impaired masseurs.

At the end of the event, the crowd cheered as lucky draw winning numbers were announced.

Among the lucky draw prizes include a motorbike, a 32-inch LCD television, a laptop, mountainbikes, flight tickets, dining vouchers and many more.

State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said next year the Walk For Sight event will be held at Youth Park to accommodate more
participants.

“We have many community events have been planned for the year focussing on encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for the community,” she said during the closing ceremony.

The charity walk was jointly organised by the State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee together with the State Sports Council, the Lions Club of
Georgetown Perdana, Region 1 Leo Clubs and St Nicholas Home.

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