April 23 - May 2, 2021: White Cane Week

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


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


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 23-May 2, 2021 as White Cane Week in Michigan.