Background: Lions are recognized worldwide for their humanitarian services to the blind and visually impaired. This began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind” in 1925. Lions accepted Keller’s challenge and for more than 70 years, Lions have been recognized throughout the world for their commitment to blindness prevention.
In Manitoba, Lions members continue their humanitarian service to help those who suffer with vision disabilities through the Lions Eye Bank and the annual snowmobile fundraising event the Journey for Sight. Both Lions and non-members bring rays of light to many who suffer with corneal blindness.
Journey for Sight: The Journey for Sight, a snowmobile fundraising event, originated in Birtle, Manitoba in 1983. This ride was initially one sled-one rider collecting pledges for worthwhile causes. Today, snowmobile riders from Northern, Central and Southern Manitoba, and most recently, from Northwest Ontario, will typically ride a minimum of 200 kilometres visiting various communities collecting pledges before a rendezvous in Brandon for the presentation of funds and guest speakers. To date more than $2,000,000 has been raised.
Riders and crew generously accept cash and cheque gifts of any amount. Donations over $20.00 are tax deductible. Expenses incurred during the ride are paid by the participant or a sponsoring Lions Club.
The next Journey for Sight Ride will be on January 16 – 21, 2017.
Check out the Journey for Sight Facebook Page
For additional information, contact Journey for Sight Chair
Brad Henderson: 204-877-3187
Donations to the Journey for Sight are tax deductible.
Our sincere appreciation for the dedication and commitment demonstrated by the Journey for Sight as the 2017 Ride proceeds, $41,000, will enable the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario Inc. to continue their ongoing efforts with sight related issues. A portion of the funds was utilized to purchase an Eye Screener for the Lions KidSight program available to all Clubs in 5M13. KidSight will commence with the Swan River Lions Club being the initiating club.
The Birtle Lions Club once again conducted the raffle with net proceeds of $22,354. The Morden & District JFS Riders contributed $7,145. Direct public donations amounted to $1,450.
$71,949.00 – 2017 GRAND TOTAL
Looking forward to 2018, lots of snow and accommodating weather, and working together to “Share a Vision”.
The Board of Directors
Journey For Sight – Community Stops
Portage La Prairie