Walk In Dark Raises Money For Visually Impaired

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Start planning now for an evening stroll this spring.

On Saturday evening, March 31, Arizona Lions Clubs, family, friends, youth groups and other volunteers will gather throughout the state for the Walk For Sight AZ night walk from 7 to 8 p.m.

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Sandy Phillips, left, and Judy Spivey, of the Lions Sight committee coordinate the Lions Walk for Sight Day activities for the Rim Country.

Locally, the Payson Lions Club will host "We Walk In The Dark ... So They Won't Have To" at Green Valley Park at the main lake.

Governor Janet Napolitano has proclaimed March 31 as "Lions Walk For Sight Day."

Funds raised will benefit thousands of visibly impaired children and adults with low incomes in Arizona.

According to Sandy Phillips and Judy Spivey of the Lions Sight committee, the funds will allow the Payson Lions to help meet the pressing needs in Arizona to prevent blindness.

Payson Lions invite all interested to join them in this one-hour walk. Lions members will assist handicapped people who want to participate. For information and sponsorship forms, contact Spivey at (928) 474-8833.

Registration to participate is $20. Those taking part in the event will receive a T-shirt, Night Walk light and certificate.

Participants collect sponsorship donations from family, friends, neighbors, businesses and services, then contribute the funds to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. Donations made by check should be made to the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

The Payson Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Tiny's Family Restaurant at noon. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

One of the club's more recent activities was a program to teach first grade students in area elementary schools about the U.S. Flag through "Flags for Firsts." Included in the program was an introduction to the importance of the flag, how it came into being, what it stands for and how to care for the flag. The students were each given their own U.S. flag at the end of the program.

Lions Club members took the program to schools in Payson, Pine, Tonto Village and Tonto Basin.

For more information, or to get involved with the Payson Lions Club, call Phil Phillips at (928) 474-9201.

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