‘Eye’ can walk

PHOTO: SuppliedDr Kavi Naidu is blindfolded and led by Shivanie Naidoo to demonstrate what the participants can expect on the day.
PHOTO: SuppliedDr Kavi Naidu is blindfolded and led by Shivanie Naidoo to demonstrate what the participants can expect on the day.

BLIND Comrades runner, Richard Monisi, was killed in a hit-an-run accident in June.

He’d been walking to a local shopping centre with a friend when a car veered out of control and hit them both. This was one incident, of many, highlighting the urgent need for motorists to be more aware of Blind pedestrians.

With October being Eye Care Awareness month, the KZN Blind & Deaf Society is urging the public to participate in this “walk with a difference” that will take place on Sunday October 15, to coincide with International White Cane Day, commemorated annually.

The start is at Berea Rovers, and the participants will proceed towards Blue Lagoon via the beachfront, finally returning to Rovers. During the five-kilometre event participants will be encouraged to walk in pairs, with one person being partially blindfolded and led by the other person - with a reversal of roles half way into the walk.

Shamila Surjoo, Director of the KZNBDS, explained why the walk is taking place on public roads: “We could have chosen the promenade for the walk, but that would have lost the impact of the message we are trying to convey to motorists - that they need to be careful and aware of Blind pedestrians and athletes.”

Besides the fun of the walk, various food stalls and entertainment will be on offer at the event.

Entries are now open for “Eye Can Walk” at only R50 per person, including one blindfold per pair. The first 500 adults to enter will receive a free T-shirt and the first 500 kids under 12 will receive a free bandana, so hurry and enter today.

Visit www.eventtiming.info/eyecanwalk to enter or email admin3@bdskzn. org.za for an entry form or visit www.facebook.com/eyecanwalk for more info or call 031 – 309 4991 or email director@bdskzn.org.za - Supplied

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