Well, once again it is time to take a nice walk in the woods. I want to
take You back to last month, to June 2009 and You know that The
beginning of June in The Chicagoland Area would not be complete if not
for The Lions of Illinois Foundation’s 5th Annual Walk For Sight.
It is has been My pleasure to cover this event all 5 Years. On Sunday
June 7, 2009, Lion Club members and families and friends from Lions
District 1J and throughout the state of Illinois gathered at The Danada
House & Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Illinois to walk a mile or
two. The event was put on by The Lions of Illinois Foundation. The
Lions of Illinois Foundation serves as the chartable arm for The
Illinois Lions Club, running several events including this one and of
course Candy Day. There was some fun activities such as walking as a
blind person would and beep baseball, which is trying to hit a ball
without sight just a beeping ball coming toward You. Participants this
Year as well as the last four years had a chance to make their presence
known by stamping a footprint and signing a banner. Of course plenty of
refreshments were available to walkers provided by PepsiCo, featuring
Gatorade products. For the second year there was Free Hotdogs! All
Right! Hot Dogs were grilled actually inside a Cement Truck and manned
by Bridgeview Lion Ray Jachim.
As always there was two trails, a gold trail and a purple trail. This
Year’s footage, that You are currently seeing came from The
Purple Trail, but don’t fret Gold Trail lovers, We be filming on
the Gold Trail, next Year. We alternate between the purple and gold
trails from Year to Year.
The entry fee for adults to walk was $20. Lions were also part of
teams. Lions registered through their local Lions clubs. Each walker
was also encourage to collect at least $100 dollars of donations or
pledges. For High Schools students and younger the entry fee was free,
but still they were encouraged to collect at least $50 in donations or
pledges. Also teams belonging to service organizations could receive a
portion of the money they collected to go their individual Lions Club
or other service organization if they qualified.
Also for the first year this walk was a part of several Walks for Sight
happening all across the state of Illinois.