Braille Institute, Lions Club bring vision for eyesight to Cambria

ktanner@thetribunenews.comOctober 16, 2013 

The Braille Institute is coming to Cambria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, with free low-vision screening, high-powered magnifiers, new technology and lighting, talking books and presentations by Institute representatives.

The event, sponsored by the Cambria Connection and the Lions Club, will be at the Connection, 870 Main St., in the Palmer Building. For a screening appointment, call 927-1654.

Meanwhile, Cambria Lions Club members are taking to the streets for White Cane Day on Friday, Oct. 18, to raise money and awareness of giving vital eye care to the needy. They’ll be taking donations at tables in front of Heritage Oaks Bank, Rabobank, Cookie Crock, the post office and Cambria Village Pharmacy and at the farmers market.

Individual Lions also will be accepting donations throughout town.

According to Lions President Andy Zinn, money donated helps the Lions “fund yearly free eye exams for our youth at the Cambria grammar and middle schools, and for anyone else living here who needs to see an eye doctor. Furthermore, if an individual needs new glasses and isn’t able to afford them on their own, the Lions will pay for their new glasses.”

For example, he said, through generous donations last year, Cambria Lions purchased six pairs of new glasses for needy children and adults and sponsored eye surgery for a child.

As always, the Lions also are collecting unwanted eyeglasses.

Cambria Lion Lanny Loveland will be there, too, as always. Eye health is a big cause for the man who, through the years, has collected more than 20,000 pair of donated glasses to give those who need them.

On Tuesday, Loveland mailed 450 pairs to a donation warehouse in Vallejo that then distributes them to the needy worldwide. The gifts come by the hundreds from eye doctors in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, by the dozens from donation boxes set up at the Cambria Library and Joslyn Recreation Center, and one or two pairs at a time from individuals who hand them directly to Loveland.

White Cane Day has been a national observance since 1964, celebrating the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired, people for whom the white cane is a tool of independence. The cane also is an important symbol of blindness and an alert to others that the person with the cane is visually impaired.

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