Lions World Sight Day in Westbury

To celebrate Lions World Sight Day the Mayor of Westbury David Windess spent nearly one hour wearing a blindfold, and experiencing how a blind person feels.

Walking, going into a shop, having a drink and doing normal things a blind person does, the Mayor was accompanied by his wife along with Hillary Reed with a Guide dog under training, and members of Westbury Lions Club.

Westbury Mayor David Widness on a blindfolded walk through the town centre

SightFirst: Lions Vision for All

Since its inception in 1990, the Lions SightFirst program has played a key role in reducing blindness worldwide. It is only through the collaborative efforts of Lions, our partners, local health authorities, eye care professionals and other non-governmental organisations that SightFirst has been able to help 30 million people have improved or restored vision. SightFirst serves as a leading member of vision 2020, the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

With a focus on building comprehensive and sustainable eye care systems, SightFirst provides funding for projects that deliver eye care services, build or strengthen eye care facilities, train professionals and build awareness about eye health in underserved communities.

Through two fundraising campaigns, Lions are investing US$415 million in the SightFirst program to extend its services to even more people in need throughout the world. With an average cost of just US$6 to help restore a person’s vision or prevent blindness, millions more will be given the gift of sight.

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