Story of the Week: New Hampshire Lions Host Weekend for the Visually Impaired
Since the early days of our nearly 100-year history, Lions have assisted the blind. For many people with visual impairments, social isolation can be a challenge, which is why many of our clubs organize recreational activities for people who are blind. In North Carolina, Lions coordinate a fishing tournament for the visually impaired and in Illinois, clubs coordinate a day of skiing.
In New Hampshire, Lions created the Recreational Weekend for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lions clubs raised more than $14,000 for the 2012 event and mailed invitations to 50 individuals. A chartered bus picked up the participants, who stay at a hotel for the weekend. The guests tried a variety of activities, including swimming at the hotel pool, visiting the Currier Museum of Art and bowling with the assistance of Lions.
In this video, you’ll see the participants in action, as well as hear from Lions and participants about why this weekend provides important social opportunities.