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Isle of Man News Monday, August 10th 2015 00:00 Public challenged to lose sight for charity walk

People are being challenged to think about how easily they would be able to get around the Island if they were to lose their sight.

The Manx Blind Welfare Society will mark Vision Awareness Week next month – as part of that it’s holding the “Walk My Way” event on September 20th.

The blindfolded guided walk along Douglas Promenade will help people to experience what it’s like to walk with obstructed vision and how to help others do the same.

Debbie Thompson from the charity says it’s important to break some myths around vision problems which currently affect over 600 people here to varying degrees:

WALK MY WAY

A walk to raise vision awareness

SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2015

2pm till 5pm

Starting at the War Memorial on Douglas Promenade

Manx Blind Welfare Society will host Vision Awareness Week on 14th– 20th September 2015.

Throughout Vision Awareness Week there will be a series of public

events Island-wide and “Walk My Way” will be held on Sunday 20th September. The

aim of “Walk My Way” is to significantly raise public awareness of the challenges

faced by blind and visually impaired people living in the Isle of Man. Walking is a

wonderful form of exercise for anyone but it can be a much greater challenge for

people who are blind or have a visual impairment, as they have a very different view

of the world around them. We hope that everyone who takes part will gain a better

understanding.

Manx Blind Welfare Society also hopes to highlight the vital work done locally to

assist people living with visual impairment. We aim to promote the importance of

good eye health to minimise the risk of visual impairment. We also aim to support

people with sight loss to live their lives free of discrimination and to provide services

to enhance the inclusion and independence of blind and visually impaired people

living in the Isle of Man.

Manx Blind Welfare Society, Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan, Isle of Man,

IM3 3AP

Manx Blind Welfare Society looks after the interests of approximately 600 people

with serious sight loss on the Isle of Man. Established in 1936, it provides a

comprehensive range of services and support, including a talking book library, a

recording studio providing a weekly news service, computer training room, a

specialist equipment room and a dining and social room. Apart from a subsidised

charge for lunches, all services are provided for free. The Society is financially

independent of Government relying entirely on fundraising, donations and legacies

for its services.