Dog Bowl assists blind

Vernon Lions Club's second annual Bowling in the Dark Saturday at Lincoln Lanes

A fun event will help partner a visually impaired person with a four-legged guide.

The Vernon Lions Club’s second annual Bowling in the Dark is Saturday, June 6 at Lincoln Lanes.

“The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Bowl event provides awareness of visual impairment and blindness through a blindfold or specialized glasses that mimic various eye diseases and disorders,” said Gail Pifer, with the Vernon Lions Club.

“Each bowler experiences seeing and bowling through the eyes of someone who is visually impaired.”

The funds raised provide the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guide School with funds to breed, raise, foster and train dogs for their dog guide programs.

“Through the support and dedication of Vernon Lions Club members and the wonderful community of Vernon, last year we made our goal of $5,000 and this year we have set our goal at double that,” said Pifer.

“The event has grown and is now taking place in communities across Canada with all proceeds supporting the Canine Vision Dog Guide program.”

A new bonus for the local event will be hamburgers, fries and pop being sold by the Vernon Lions Club from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the bowling alley. The first game will begin at 6 p.m.

Registration must be completed by June 3 to ensure teams have their own lane. You can make up a team of six for $150.

“We hope to have many prizes and a gift basket raffle along with a 50/50 draw,” said Pifer.

“You do not have to bowl to join us. We encourage you to drop in and visit too.”

Team registration and pledge forms are available from 250-540-8763 or at www.vernonlionsclub.ca.

Major sponsors are Petland, the Vernon Veterinary Clinic, the Mustard Seed Clinic and Dr. Mathias Fellenz.