Stepping into the shoes of the blind

Participants from St Nicholas Home for The Blind enjoying the aerobic session before the Walk For Sight & Sound event.

PARTICIPANTS got to feel how it was to be blind during the annual Walk For Sight & Sound charity event.

Walking in groups of two, one participant was blindfolded while the other was his or her guide, as they walked for 3.8km from Penang Municipal Park to Jalan Kebun Bunga and back yesterday.

The event was organised by the Lions Club of Georgetown Perdana.

Senior director M. Krishna Kumar, 49, was seen leading the way for his two blindfolded sons, K. Harriganesh, 18, and K. Trishanth, 15.

“This is a good event as it will create awareness among the public on the struggles faced by the visually impaired.

“We will start to appreciate them more and understand how it is to be in total darkness and yet, you have to move around in public places,” said Krishna, adding that the charity walk was also a lesson for his two sons.

Postgraduate student Lee Wun Keng, 27, was seen explaining to her ‘visually impaired’ friend May Siew, 27, where they were heading to as she described the surrounding around them.

“We’ve just stepped out of Penang Municipal Park and there is a school on our left,” she said to her friend.

Lee said the charity walk was good as many able-bodied people do not know how it feels to be visually impaired.

“We always sympathise with them but we don’t really understand what they are going through.

“Through this kind of event, we can understand more about their plight and respect their courage,” she added when met.

Organising chairman Kelvin Lye said more than 500 people took part in the walk.

“We also have participants from the St Nicholas Home for The Blind, Penang Deaf Association and several multinational companies (MNCs).

“We hope that the walk will be educational in promoting public awareness on the importance of sight,” he said.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey earlier flagged off the participants.

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