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Lions Club Baby Derby raises funds for sight conservation

The Thomson Camellia City Lions Club Baby Derby is on the way. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to sight-conservation projects to help the blind. One of the sight conservation projects is White Cane.

The red-tipped white cane is a symbol indicating that the user is blind. It is also symbolic of the Lions Clubs mission to keep people from going blind.

Many Georgians are losing their vision and the Lions need your support to help these unfortunate people. One of our Lions' charities is the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundations. Each year the Lighthouse provides free eye exams, eyeglasses, and eye surgeries to hundreds of Georgians. This is accomplished with the help of more than 300 eye doctors who donate their services.

The need for financial help is so great. Lions need thoughtful, concerned people to help them. Donations for the White Cane project can be given this month to the Baby Derby contestants. All donations collected will go to Sight Conservation projects that include the White Cane project.

The Baby Derby is a contest in which children, age birth through four years old, can enter. The cost to enter is $5. The child (helped by parents and friends) who collects the most votes at 25 cents per vote will be the winner. Trophies and awards will be given to the first, second and third place winners. The Baby Derby will continue through April 7.

The Lions will hold a Baby Derby party on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Thomson depot for the contestants and their families and friends. For more information and an application to enter, call Lions Bonnie Martin -- 595-5176, Mary Beard -- 595-1717, Joan Malcom -- 595-2810 or Kathy Phillips -- 595-1821. Also entry forms can be picked up at most day care centers, Richards' Florist and Axon's Mini Mart.

Web posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010

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