Blind lead the sighted

2013-10-16 00:00

A TRUE case of blind faith will be playing out at the Blind Navigators Rally on October 27 in Durban, when sighted drivers will rely solely on their blind navigators and a Braille map to complete a 145 km course.

The Phoenix Light Group has planned this event with the aim of commemorating their 10th anniversary, and teams from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg have signed up for the adventure.

The group organise social, recreational and rehabilitation programmes and activities for people with disabilities in Durban and the surrounding areas.

About 50 people who are sighted, have each been assigned a blind navigator, who with the help of a Braille map, will lead the way. It will be a true test of trusting your partner, as the driver will have no idea of the route and will have to rely solely on the instructions given by the navigator.

There are 10 marshall points along the way where teams can check in to make sure they are keeping to the allocated route.

The rally starts off at the Durban Light Infantry Hall in Phoenix, proceeds onto the M4, and heads out to Shakaskraal before returning to the DLI Hall.

President of the Phoenix Light Group, Saffura Khan, who is sight impaired, said that she has competed in various rallies such as this one in Johannesburg, and thought it would be a fantastic way to celebrate the anniversary of the organisation with this motorsport.

Khan said the rally will also have drivers who are paraplegic, as they wish to encourage them to drive more often.

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