Fundraiser will assist blind

Published 10:53 am Tuesday, April 3, 2018

If one is leaving or entering Walmart on Friday and Saturday, they may see donation boxes and volunteers from the Farmville Lions Club.

The club is raising funds during its annual White Cane Days to support several causes that help the blind and those who may struggle to afford glasses or eye screenings.

Greg Cole

Farmville Lions Club President Greg Cole said Monday that the event often sees support, estimating that approximately $3,500 is gained from the two collection days.

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Cole noted that funds will support those in the Heart of Virginia.

“White Cane Days is a fundraiser to help the blind as well as to help prevent blindness,” Cole said. “We use the funds to support Burkeville Lodge (for the Blind), to perform eye screenings for young children, and help pay for eye exams and glasses for those that cannot afford these services. 100 (percent) of the funds raised support our local community.”

Burkeville Lodge for the Blind, based in Burkeville and established in 1960, is a vacation area for people with visual impairments that includes cabins and cottages, an outdoor swimming pool and stocked pond and other indoor and outdoor activities.

Cole said participants can donate this weekend, and can also send a donation to P.O. Box 128, Farmville, and include White Cane Days in the check memo.

“Our community has always been very generous and we sincerely appreciate their overwhelming support,” Cole said.

To learn more, visit sites/farmvilleva/ or visit Farmville Lions Club on Facebook.