First Annual “Walk for Sight” great success

Members of the Diamondhead Lions Club at “Walk for Sight”Members of the Diamondhead Lions Club at “Walk for Sight”

It was “White Cane Day” in Diamondhead, and Mayor Thomas Schafer IV lead the “Walk for Sight”, carrying a symbolic White Cane. Other real white cane users participated in the 5K (3.1 mile) walk. Over 100 walkers participated, surpassing the goal set for the first ever Walk for Sight in Diamondhead.

The walk was a fund-raiser for “White Cane”, the primary fund raising drive of the Mississippi Lions Sight Foundation. White Cane funds the Mississippi Lions’ many service projects including the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, the Hearing Impaired Program, the Sight Screening Program, the Diabetes Awareness Program, and the Sea & Sun Camp for blind and vision impaired children. All of these projects are supported by the Diamondhead Lions Club.

The walk started just after 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 17, in front of the Harbor House.

Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer carries White Cane to lead “Walk for Sight”

Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer carries White Cane to lead “Walk for Sight”

Tents were provided for pre-registered walkers, walker registering that day, Lions membership information, Lighthouse for the Blind, and Prestige Fitness. Water and bananas were provided at stations along the walk.

The first 100-plus walkers got a T-Shirt and a 28-page Booklet commemorating the event. A donation for each walker was $15, which goes directly to White Cane charity projects. Commercial sponsors of the walk had ads in the booklet, and the first 40 advertisers to support the cost of the T-Shirts were recognized on the back of the T-Shirt.

To find out more about the Lions, be our guest at one of our lunch meetings in the near future. Our next meetings are Friday, November 6, and Friday, November 20.  All meetings are at 11:30 AM in the Diamondhead Country Club. Let us know when you can come.  For information, contact Lion Mary Alice Sierveld at 228-255-7784 or marysier@bellsouth.net  or Lion Jim Beckham at 228-255-7728 or jobeckham@latterblum.com.