Through the eyes of the blind

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

Bikers with blindfolds attempting to identify items put in cups during one of the activities at the open day at St Nicholas’ Home in George Town. (Right) Trainees from St Nicholas’ Home performing for the visitors. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

A GROUP of burly bikers hung their helmets and gloves up for a fun day of games while being blindfolded.

The 100-odd motorcyclists let their hair down as they enjoyed themselves during an open day for bikers at St Nicholas’ Home in Jalan Bagan Jermal, George Town.

From indoor blindfold games to an outdoor telematch, the bikers, some with their wives and children in tow, were also paired with the visually impaired trainees for greater interaction.

They were divided into separate teams and some were required to guide their friends who had blindfolds on, from one place to another.

Bikers taking part in one of the telematch games.

Bikers taking part in one of the telematch games

Participant Admal Zul Abd Hamid, 59, a security guard, said it was an eye-opening experience for him, as it was not easy using a cane to get around.

“I learnt to appreciate the gift of sight more when carrying out some of the tasks given with a blindfold on,” he said at the event.

The bikers also learnt how to guide blind persons on the road by holding their elbow to support them.

They also learnt to listen to the clapping of hands to determine which direction to move.

Event coordinator Mohamed Adib Mohd Yusop, 33, said he first volunteered as a marshall for a tandem cycling event at St Nicholas’ Home.

He then initiated a 26-day solo motorcycle adventure ride, from St Nicholas’ Home to the border of China to create awareness of the blind and visually impaired.

“I started my journey with the mission of ‘Ride for sight, bikers support the blind’.

A participant having fun at the open day.

A participant having fun at the open day.

“So, through this open day programme, I wanted to foster closer ties between the bikers and the blind,” he said.

The participants later attended a briefing on the home’s operations besides being entertained by its resident band.

The home’s executive director Daniel Soon thanked the bikers for visiting the home as well as for their contribution of RM4,000.

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