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.
Once again we are indebted to Journey for Sight for their outstanding and dedicated commitment toward the efforts of the Lions Eye Bank of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario, Inc.
It was a pleasure working with you, and under your leadership and guidance Journey for Sight raised $52,000.00. The Birtle Lions Club undertook the Raffle program which raised $21,250.00. Morden & Area JFS Riders raised $8,583.00 and the public donated $1,380.00.
$83,213.00 was raised in 2016!
Quite an achievement!
In closing, we extend our best wishes for your future endeavours and we are confident you have capably assisted the new Chair, Brad Henderson, whom we warmly welcome. We look forward to working together continuing to
“Share a Vision.”
The Board of Directors
Journey For Sight – Community Stops
Portage La Prairie