All it took was wheels to join the Petit Juan Lions Club in Trinidad and Tobago in what Lion Mae Lee Jordan calls a “mega sight-saving, prevention and awareness” campaign. The project was so big that it involved 25 Lions and Leo clubs and government assistance to organize the rally. Decorated motorcycles and bikes, trucks, cars, police cars and an ambulance were part of the motorcade. During the procession, a loudspeaker broadcast news of Lions sight-saving projects and informed people lining the streets that Helen Keller called Lions Knights of the Blind. They weren’t on wheels but the parade’s “moko jumbies,” costumed stilt walkers, helped energize the crowd. Club members on foot collected donations from the crowd as people gathered to watch the procession. With an estimated 15,000 blind in Trinidad and Tobago, Lions are urging people to check their eyesight. Major causes of blindness in the Caribbean are cataract, glaucoma and diabetes. The motorcade ended with a huge party at a park where vision screenings were held and prizes were distributed for the best decorated category in the motorcade. Newspaper, television and radio media covered the daylong event.
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