The Humanitarian White Cane Drive is the largest source of revenue for the North Carolina Lions, Inc. comprising approximately 50% of the budgeted revenues. The first organized White Can Drive was held during the 1946-1947 Lions year. This drive netted $13, 451 to carry out the much needed program of the NC State Association for the Blind. Last year the total amount collected for the White Cane Drive amounted to more than $742,642. During the April budget hearing the incoming District governors set the goals for the Humanitarian white Cane Drive. In our Lion’s District 31F, each club is asked to contribute $84 per member to the White Cane program. The money collected for the White Cane Drive is used for many different programs sponsored by the NC Lions. Below are ways the money was used to help the blind and visually impaired people in North Carolina.
- If you see someone using a white cane it was provided by the Lions. In 2009 there were 1,279 canes given to the visually impaired at a cost of $52,278
- 149,233 pairs of eyeglasses were recycled providing improved vision to thousands of individuals.
- 14,104 individuals were screened with the Vision Van at a cost of $165,864.
- Over 689 campers attended Camp Dogwood for a week at at cost of $465,075.
- 17 sighted children of visually impaired parents received Educational Grants at a cost of $45,887.
- Over 1,255 eye exams were provided through Matching Funds at a cost of $150,959.
- 2,121 pairs of eyeglasses were purchased through Matching Funds at a cost of $204,854.
- 19 miscellaneous requests for assistance were provided through Matching Funds at a cost of $16,747.Fishing Tournament and the Deaf/Blind Retreat.
As you can see the White Cane Drive is a worthwhile endeavor that provides much needed assistance to many of the blind and visually impaired people in North Carolina. Please do what you can within your club to meet the Governor’s goal.
Thanks for all that you do for the Lions.
2nd Vice District Governor