BAC Celebrates International White Cane Day
The Brickfields Asia College (BAC) Leo Club, in conjunction with the Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur (Host) and the Malaysian Foundation for the Blind celebrated International White Cane Day on Sunday, October 18th at the YMCA, Kuala Lumpur.
International White Cane Day promotes the white cane as a positive means of independence and mobility for people who are blind or have low vision. The theme for this year was “The Right to Sight” which celebrates the achievements of visually impaired people in Malaysian society with the aim of educating the public on the issues faced by the visually impaired in their daily lives.
“On International White Cane Day, we’re urging all Malaysians to be aware of the daily mobility issues that white cane users face when travelling, and educating them on what they can do to help,” said Mr. Raja Singham, Managing Director of BAC. “The ability for those who are visually impaired to move safely around their community, when and how they want to, is an essential element of a person’s confidence and social inclusion.” He went on to thank the visually impaired community for their significant contributions to society and urged them to become actively involved in the advocacy of their rights as change must come from within the community.
The day’s event included inspirational talks by members of the visually impaired community, mini-workshops, games, a lucky draw as well as a blindfolded lunch date. Guests were treated to a mini exhibition on blindness and access to a general health assessment using a Neurofeedback Brain Quotient Scan counter.