This year’s edition of the International White Cane Day for the Blind was organised in Lagos by the Nigeria Association of the Blind (Lagos State Chapter) with the support of Nikki Laoye’s Angel 4 Life Foundation and Old Girls of Queens College, Lagos (1979 set).
The special day set aside to celebrate the strengths and achievements of the visually impaired held in Ikoyi, Lagos on the 15th of October, 2015.
Activities for the day started off with an Awareness walk from Falomo bridge, Ikoyi which was led by visually impaired music genius, Cobhams Asuquo, popular singer/humanitarian, Nikki Laoye and the President of the Nigeria Association of the Blind (Lagos State Chapter), Mr Ope Akinola.
The partcipants included over 100 visually impaired individuals including Nikki Laoye’s blind adopted brother, Adeola Aina with his wife and son, students of Kings College, Lagos who were supported by sighted volunteers and members of the Old Girls Association of Queens College while traffic was controlled by LASTMA officials.
The walk terminated at Our Saviors Church Hall, Tafawa Balewa Square where a small reception was held with the provision of free eye services and checkup center provided by the Nigeria Optometric Association.
Nikki Laoye was the official MC for the event which comprised of performances by visually impaired comedian/Wazobia FM OAP, Kenny Black; Drama Presentation by the students of University of Lagos; interactive sessions, Networking and the cutting of the White Cane Cake donated by Angel 4 Life Foundation.
Photography of the entire event was donated by Mr Sam Osobu of Smile Plus Studios.
At the end of the event, The Nigeria Association of the Blind (Lagos State Chapter) presented Nikki Laoye with a specially designed Thank You card for her yearly support to their cause.
A further call was made for the public and kind hearted individuals to assist with the provision of White Guide canes for the visually impaired and also help to provide employment and assistance for their proper integration back into the society despite their lack of sight.
For more information, Kindly contact Nikki Laoye’s Angel 4 Life Foundation
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