Monday, December 15, 2014


Rose Sarkany, Lions rep, Dave Ruckman and Randy Fred blind lawn bowlers, Chris Morrision, Lions rep

In 1925, following an epic speech by Helen Keller, Lions Club International became the ‘Knights of the Blind in the Crusade Against Darkness’.   Nanaimo Lions have thrown down the gauntlet in support of local blind champions, Randy Fred and Dave Ruckman, and are challenging all Service Clubs to meet or beat their $500 donation.  Lions’ Rose Sarkany, also blind, is a runner and international advocate for ‘Running for Change’.   Rose brought home a silver medal from the nationals for blind bowlers in Brantford this past September but didn’t qualify to represent Canada at the World Games for Disabled Athletes this time.

Gold medalists, Randy and Dave, did qualify and to date community and club fundraising efforts get them half way to fulfilling an opportunity of a lifetime says, David Mitchell, NLBC President.  Because blind athletes must be accompanied by sighted helpers, we need to raise $20k to get both athletes and their Directors to NZ.  I am confident that the public will catch the local wave of support to see local Canadian representation on the world stage for athletes with disabilities.   We are very proud of these guys! 

Nanaimo’s Donn Sherry, BC Lacrosse Hall of Famer, heads up the NLBC Sight Impaired Program, the most progressive and inclusive in the country.   Recently, the vision impaired program has been expanded to include a broader range of disabilities. 

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