A total of RM12,827 was raised in the first ever “Journey with the Blind” joint project by the Malaysian Association for the Blind Kinta Valley Training and Rehabilitation Centre and Lions Clubs held recently on the field of SMK Anderson.
Attended by over 400, the organising clubs were Lions Club of Ipoh Host, Lions Club of Batu Gajah, Lions Club of Ipoh Central, Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen, Lions Club of Perak Silver State, Lions Club of Ipoh Mandarin, Lions Club of Ipoh Heritage, Lions Club of Ipoh Centennial, Lions Club of Pusing Mandarin, Lioness Club of Ipoh and Leo Club of Anderson.
Aimed to raise awareness on everyday challenges of a blind person, the 2km walk included a 0.5km route with obstacles to simulate what the visually impaired has to experience daily. Participants were divided into pairs, in which one was blindfolded with a scarf and the other acted as a guide, to complete simple tasks such as climbing a stair and walking over a drain.
Present were district governor, Dato’ Neo Say Yeow, organising chairperson, Henna Tan, chairman of the education and training committee, Dr S. Hadi Abdullah and general manager of Malaysian Association for the Blind, N. Chandrasagaran.