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.

 

  • Polly Gray

    I have been attending and helping this program for 3 years. This is their weekend and they sure do enjoy it. To them being blind is an everyday occurrant. Look through your eyes and see what they see. Properly alot more than we who can see. Nothing is taken for granted and they appreciate what we do beyond belief. I so enjoy each one with their special individual ability. You just have to be part of this wonderful weekend to see what they see without seeing. I am so please to be a part of this wonderful weekend. Thank you.

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  • Lion Diane

    The blind people who attend the annual Vision Weekend are a joy, whether they’re shopping, bowling, touring various sites, dancing, singing karaoke, swimming, playing cards, or visiting with the friends they make at this annual event. Those of us who volunteer to accompany them get at least as much out of it as they do. They are very definitely NOT marginal people. They’re vibrant, funny, and lots of fun. It is our pleasure to serve them.