Lions Challenge Community To Help The Blind

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The Payson Lions Club, in conjunction with the Arizona Lions Clubs, has challenged residents of the Rim Country to help the blind.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Lions' night walk, "We Walk in the Dark ... So They Won't Have To." This special event is from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Green Valley Park.

Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and the Town Council have proclaimed March 31 as "Lions Walk for Sight so Others May See" Day. Governor Janet Napolitano has also issued a proclamation on behalf of the Lions, making March 31 "Lions Walk for Sight" Day.

Payson coordinators Judy Spivey and Sandy Phillips are urging area clubs, organizations and church groups -- of both children and adults -- to participate in the walk. "Participating in this event is a great way for your organization to earn community service hours, show compassion for those in need, and support youth and adults from our area who are in need of eyeglasses, eye surgery and/or treatment," said Spivey.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a "Walk Light" to help illuminate their way during the one-hour walk.

Funds raised by the event will benefit thousands of visually impaired children and adults with low incomes in Arizona.

Registration for the Payson event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Green Valley Park, with the walk taking place from 7 to 8 p.m.

To register or get additional details contact Spivey at (928) 474-8833, or Phillips at (928) 474-9201. They will also be getting T-shirt sizes for individuals and team members.

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