Step forward to walk in the shoes of the blind and deaf

Wear this: Lam holding a sample of a blindfold that will be given out to participants during the walk.

Wear this: Lam holding a sample of a blindfold that will be given out to participants during the walk.

THE annual Walk For Sight & Sound charity event will be held again in Penang on Nov 9.

It gives the public a chance to experience how it feels to be visually or hearing impaired.

Participants will be given blindfolds and earplugs. They can take turns to use them while being guided by another participant.

Organised for the sixth year by Lions Club of Georgetown Perdana, the 3.8km walk from Penang Municipal Park and back will be flagged off at 7am.

Event organising chairman Beatrice Lam said more than 100 participants from St Nicholas Home for The Blind, Penang Deaf Association and Society of Disabled Persons Penang (SDPP) would also be taking part.

“This year, we are targeting 2,000 participants especially children.

“We hope that the walk will be educational in promoting public awareness on the importance of sight and hearing,” she told a press conference at the City Stadium on Thursday.

Lam said the walk would raise funds for education, equipment, training facilities for the visually and hearing impaired community and assisting the needy to undergo cataract operations.

Walk For Sight & Sound 2014 is supported by the state government, Penang Municipal Council and Penang Sports Council.

Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort will flag off the event. St George’s Girls School’s marching band will be leading the walkers again this year.

The top 10 largest group participation from the corporate category and schools & clubs category will be awarded a trophy each.

The certificate awarded for completing the walk is also recognised as participation in a school co-curricular activity.

Closing date for registration is Oct 31 or when the targeted number of 2,000 participants has been reached.

Minimum contribution for each participant is RM15 which will entitle one to a lucky draw and stand a chance to win a cruise package from Star Cruises.

The public can obtain and submit their registration forms at St Nicholas Home for The Blind in Jalan Bagan Jermal or the Penang Deaf Association in Lorong Bertam.

Registration can also be submitted online at

For details, call Beatrice at 012-488 9289 or Christina Choong at 019-448 7738.