Wrexham mayor to highlight blindness problem

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

WREXHAM’S mayor will walk through the town centre blindfolded tomorrow to raise awareness of Lion World Sight Day.

Cllr Jim Kelly will lead a group of people, who will all be wearing blindfolds, around Queens Square to get an idea of how it feels to be without perfect sight.

Among those joining him on the walk will be Brent Whitley with his guide dog, Quentin.

The World Health Organisation estimates that the number of blind people in the world could double in the next 25 years.

To combat the leading causes of blindness and help to preserve vision, Wrexham Maelor Lions Club, together with Vision Support, is taking part in World Sight Day to raise awareness of the situation.

Over many years the Lions Club International Foundation has spent over £250 million on successful SightFirst campaigns.

The white stick which is used by blind people was introduced by the Lions back in 1931.

An estimated 75 per cent of all blindness is found in Africa and Asia.

Since the Lions Club’s chartering in 1963 its members have worked on a variety of
projects in the local community.

Most recently they have contributed to the equipping of a bus which will shortly be sent to Africa to act as a mobile operating theatre to treat the blind in remote areas of the continent.

The Lions will also stage their annual bonfire and fireworks display at Bryn y Grog, Marchwiel on the evening of November 6.

The club meets at 7.30pm every third Wednesday of the month in the Wynnstay Hotel, Yorke Street, Wrexham.

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