April 26 - May 5, 2019: 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 pedestrians alike; and,

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

WHEREAS, during this week, we encourage people throughout Michigan to learn more about White Cane Week and to support projects and services that facilitate the independence of blind or visually impaired people; and,

WHEREAS, we recognize the dedicated volunteers of the Lions Club of Michigan for their continued tradition of community service;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 26-May 5, 2019, as White Cane Week in Michigan.