Blind walk aims to raise awareness

2019-11-19 06:01
The Cape Town Society for the Blind fun-run or walk will be held in line with the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorated on Tuesday 3 December. Pictured is Thomas George, one of the CTSB beneficiaries.

The Cape Town Society for the Blind fun-run or walk will be held in line with the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemorated on Tuesday 3 December. Pictured is Thomas George, one of the CTSB beneficiaries.

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About 500 people, blind and sighted, are expected to take part in this year’s 5km fun-run themed run/walk-with-a-difference.

The event will take place on Saturday 30 November from Rondebosch Common. Funds raised will go to the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) .

The event, which is in its second year, is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of eye care, the realities of living with low vision and the needs of people affected by blindness.

Organisers hope to raise R30 000 to cover training programmes, ranging from basic life skills, event management and public speaking to computer training, Braille and weaving. This would pay the annual fees of three students next year. Organisers hope to attract at least 300 sighted individuals, with an additional 200 blind or visually impaired people.

Participants will get an opportunity to run or walk alongside a blind person for the first kilometre.

Explaining this year’s run, Nurjawaan Magonie, public relations intern at CTSB, says: “This year we decided to set up an obstacle course at the high school, which will give sighted participants an opportunity to enter the world of a blind or a visually impaired person. Our orientation and mobility specialist will be on hand to take participants through the course.”

  • Entry is free to all blind and visually impaired persons and children under the age of 12. Tickets cost R100 per person and are available at https://bit.ly/34OfCwh. Registrations starts at 08:00. For more information call 021 448 4302.

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