The Chairman and members of the Ghana Blind Union (GBU) on Sunday morning worshipped with congregants at Calvary Charismatic Center (CCC) at Ayigya near Asokore Mampong to mark this year’s International White Cane Safety Day.
The International White Cane Safety Day is a world wide celebration for sight impaired persons that showcases the white cane which is their symbol of identification.
Speaking to the media after the church service, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the GBU, Abdul Basit Hamidan commended CCC for showing commitment to the welfare of the Union’s members.
“We decided to mark today, the15th of October which is the World’s commemoration of White Cane Safety Day at CCC so as to show the church that we appreciate the three hundred white canes it has so far distributed to our members across Ghana”, the Chairman stated.
00000Ivan Heathcote Fumador, Project Coordinator for the GBU acknowledged the contributions from CCC.
He noted that their members in the Ashanti, Western and many parts of the country had benefitted from the generosity of CCC in terms of white canes and foodstuffs.
Mr Fumador said anyone who gives a white cane to a sight impaired person shows care and profuse kindness, adding CCC with the three hundred canes it has donated to the Union deserve great praise.
“The white cane is a symbol of independence and identification and it also serves as mobility aid to our members and it is important that organisations including corporate ones showed such support to persons with sight issues so that the incessant accidents that sometimes turn fatal could be avoided by GBU members”, the Project Coordinator stressed.
CCC Resident Pastor:
In a conversation with the visiting GBU members, Pastor Joshua Obeng, Resident Pastor at CCC assured the union of the Church’s support.
He noted that the situation of sight challenged persons call for more concern from the public especially sight persons.
The CCC Pastor also asked government agencies and institutions to build with the sight challenged persons in mind so that they can facilitate easy passage in and out of the buildings.
“I will want to assure the GBU of our continued support and also plead with government agencies to build with sight challenged persons in mind so that together they could make life easier for them”, Pastor Joshua said.
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,