International White Cane Day celebrated in Fremantle with historic tour

Donna Fahie (Regional Business Manager Vision Australia), Tony Sarre with Paddington, Kay Raymond (Communituy Development Office City of Fremantle) and Sheilah Smith (Volunteer City of Fremantle) who will be taking part in a tour of Fremantle on October15 for White Cane Safety Day.
Donna Fahie (Regional Business Manager Vision Australia), Tony Sarre with Paddington, Kay Raymond (Communituy Development Office City of Fremantle) and Sheilah Smith (Volunteer City of Fremantle) who will be taking part in a tour of Fremantle on October15 for White Cane Safety Day.

CITY of Fremantle residents who are blind and vision impaired are invited to take part in a tour with a difference as part of International White Cane Day.

Run in partnership with Vision Australia and the City of Fremantle, the tour includes a guided walk of the City, with an emphasis on historic stories rather than visual elements.

Led by Fremantle Tours, the two-hour walking tour on October 15 will visit sites including Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse, along with a few cafes and bars.

Vision Australia Perth regional business manager Donna Fahie said the white cane was a symbol of independence for many from the blind and low vision community.

“It’s fantastic to use a day like International White Cane Day to remind the community the important part the white cane has played in supporting their users to be active and independent, whether it’s at home or further abroad,” she said.

Community development officer Kay Raymond said for the City of Fremantle it was an opportunity to educate and connect residents, with additional services available to them.

“We are always looking for ways to engage with community service providers and find out what is available to help our residents,” she said.

“International White Cane Day is a day worth celebrating and we are pleased to be able to work with Vision Australia to educate staff and residents on the range of products and services available to those who are blind or have low vision.”