Members of the Harker Heights Lions Club spent Saturday at the Heights Wal-Mart spreading awareness of the White Cane program and raising funds to help those who are partially blind.

People who are partially blind can get involved in the program that trains them how to use the canes at a special school in Little Rock, Ark., said Lions club member Gary Tooke.

“With the funds we raise along with financial help from the state, they can attend the training at no charge,” he said.

“This is the first time our club has attempted to raise funds for the White Cane program and our goal is $1,000,” Janice Tooke said.

One member of the Heights club is partially blind and the group is doing what it can to help get her trained in Little Rock.

After people have completed the training, they can properly use canes and not follow people from place to place, Tooke said.

Lions Club International sends blind people to a facility in Rochester, Mich., that provides training in the use of leader dogs. Funds raised help provide that service for free. For more information, go to

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