posted 25 May 2016, 05:55 by Thanet LionsClub   [ updated 6 Sept 2016, 05:08 ]

Report on Thanet Lions Club Sight Awareness day Saturday 3rd September 2016


Last Saturday Thanet Lions Club had a Sight Awareness Day to remind us to have regular eye checks. These checks are important for maintaining eye health can also detect more serious health issues.


Local mayors and MP Sir Roger Gale attended and after taking part in the blind driving challenge in a dual control car from RED Driving School.  Sir Roger said “it was a salutary reminder to look after your eyes”, Nigel Taylor said “it was very disorientating and made you realise how much you need your eyes”, driver Lucy Short said “I felt totally dependent vulnerable and frightened”, driver Mary Symons said “it was a scary experience.”

 Thanet Lion Bob Prebble, explained that” for Lions Clubs International a key focus is help for the blind and tackling preventable blindness. Thanet Lions collect spectacles for reuse in third world countries, collecting some 5000 pairs of spectacles annually”.

 As organiser of the Sight Awareness Day, he thanks Sainbury’s for making part of their car park available for the Driving Challenge and for use of the store for information stalls. Stalls by the Lions, Kent Association for the Blind, Thanet Macular Society, Thanet Diabetes UK and Specsavers, Margate.  Finally thanks to Red Driving School and driving instructor Lion David Barwick of Stoke Lions Club.


 For any further information please contact Bob Prebble lionbobprebble@gmail.com or 01843 845559)

Sight Awareness Day 2016