On 15th October, Vision Australia joined millions around the world to celebrate International White Cane Day.
A variety of activities took place, each aimed at building awareness of the vital role the long white cane plays in the lives of those who are blind or who have low vision.
People who are blind have used canes as mobility tools for centuries but it was not until after World War I that the white cane was introduced.
In 1921, a photographer from Bristol who became blind after an accident and was uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.
Today, the white cane has become an internationally recognised indicator that the bearer is blind or has low vision. Each year, Vision Australia works with thousands of adults and children who are blind or have low vision to enable them to live, work, and travel independently.
When: Wednesday, 15 October
Meet at Wharf 5, Circular Quay at 10.00am for a 10.30am sharp departure by ferry to Cockatoo Island.
Wander around the island, participate in an audio-described exhibition “Shipyard Stories”, take an historic tour or just relax and enjoy the environment.
Lunch: sausage sizzle $5.00 (BYO salads & drinks) or purchase lunch from the island cafe
Departing Cockatoo Island at 3.00 pm to return to Circular Quay by ferry.
Wear white to celebrate White Cane Day!
RSVP is essential. RSVP to Anita Reynolds on 02 8525 9046 or Marta Fonmudeh on 02 9334 3239.
Interview with Anita Reynolds: