April 27 - May 3, 2014: White Cane Week

WHEREAS, the Lions Club of Michigan is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all people, especially Michiganders who are blind or visually impaired, providing opportunities for these individuals to achieve greater independence; and,

WHEREAS, the white cane has become an international symbol, identifying individuals who are blind or visually impaired and alerting Michigan drivers to observe caution for the safety of drivers and blind pedestrians alike; and,

WHEREAS, for the past three decades, White Cane Week efforts have supported projects and organizations that benefit people who are blind or visually impaired, and helped provide eye examinations, eyeglasses and white canes to those in need; and,

WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage citizens throughout Michigan to learn more about White Cane Week and to support projects and services that facilitate the independence of blind or visually impaired citizens; we recognize the dedicated volunteers of the Lions Club of Michigan for their continued tradition of community service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 27 through Saturday, May 3, 2014 as White Cane Week in Michigan