On Wednesday 13 September, the KZN Blind and Deaf Society hosted a breakfast event to launch their inaugural “Eye Can Walk” campaign to the media and other VIP guests. With October being Eye Care Awareness month, this “walk with a difference” event will take place on Sunday 15 October, 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 5km event the 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).
Justice Zak Yacoob, President of the KZNBDS, welcomed the guests and explained what the society has to offer its Blind and Deaf clients, and went on to explain why there is a need to raise awareness among the sighted community.
Guests were entertained by Bonginkosi Zindela who played the keyboard and sang, and Siyabonga Vilakazi who shared an honest, and at times amusing, story of his life “as a white cane user” after the loss of his sight more than ten years ago.
Stated by Shamila Surjoo, Director of the KZNBDS, “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.”
The Orientation and Mobility team asked two guests to volunteer to be blindfolded and guided through the venue to demonstrate the correct way of leading a Blind person.
The KZNBDS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: The Pavilion Hotel, Pop Up Coffee, Remax Panache (Charmaine Lingard), Dr Kavi Naidu, Martie Willemse, The Laser Studio, JMV Textiles, SAWF, Verulam Athletics, The Holiday Express, The A-List and Aquelle.
Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – July 2018