Answer: White Cane Day occurs every year on Oct. 15. Typically, the president issues a proclamation to that effect. Many governors and other government officials echo the president's proclamation, encouraged by the Lions and other organizations that work with the blind and vision impaired.
Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind" in the battle against darkness. Typically funds contributed to a local Lions Club during a White Cane event go toward the club's efforts to assist the blind and/or toward sight-saving efforts, such as Lions International's "Campaign Sight First II."
You can find out more about the Lions' sight-saving efforts at www.lionsclubs.org. As is the case with any request for a contribution, don't be afraid to ask what your contribution will be going to support. In the case of White Cane Day, the Lions have made significant strides in reducing cases of preventable blindness in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately, because of macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. the number of those experiencing vision loss is on the rise, so there's more work to do in this area. Personally, I think your contribution went to support a very worthy cause. No one appreciates the value of sight more than someone who no longer has it. Anything we can do to reduce the number of cases of preventable blindness, to restore sight when possible and to assist those with permanent vision loss to be as independent as possible are all steps in the right direction!
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