Seven blind teenagers and preteens cuddled birds, touched calves, fed hay to cattle and experienced farm life for a day in rural Minnesota. The outing was led by Charlene Guggisberg (top photo), who is blind. She grew up on a farm and now works at BLIND Inc. in Minneapolis. The youths and their three counselors visited farms owned by Al Guggisberg, Charlene’s brother, and Tony Guggisberg, her cousin. The farm visit was part of BLIND’s Buddy Program, a 24-day stay with the counselors in apartments in Minneapolis. The youths study Braille, practice cane travel, take computer and cooking classes, do their own laundry and go rock climbing and paddle boating. The Lafayette & Area, New Ulm, Shakopee, Richfield and Minneapolis Riverview Lions clubs supported the Buddy Program; Charlene’s father, Wallace, is a longtime Lafayette Lion. Several Lions also accompanied the youths to the farms. Night Rider The Tyne Tunnel 2K race in northeastern England is billed as “the fastest wheelchair race on the planet.” Racers, including many Paralympians, speed nearly 50 miles per hour on a downhill stretch of the tunnel, which runs beneath the Tyne River. Jade Jones (photo), 16, won the women’s race in 6.14. The Tynedale Lions Club was a race sponsor, and Lion David Burdus’ company organized the race. An access consultant (advising architects on making buildings accessible), Burdus is a former wheelchair road racer. He took this race photo, which won first place in a photo competition of the LION Magazine, British and Irish edition.
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