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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Plane Pull for Sight

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

The creator of the Checkered Eye Project will be pulling a 757 jet by herself this Saturday

Libby Thaw of the Checkered Eye Project training with Fitness Corner owner Holly Vanderzwet. Submitted Photo.  

Saugeen Shores resident Libby Thaw is training to a pull a 757 jet by herself this Saturday at Pearson Airport to raise awareness and funds for the Flying Eye Hospital through Orbis International; which flies doctors and supplies to treat eye patients in need around the world.

"They have a hospital on an airplane and they fly it to places... where people would go blind from very simple remedied conditions," says Thaw.

Thaw is visually impaired and created the Checkered Eye Project in 2000, which is a symbol one can wear to identify as someone with low or impaired vision.  

Thaw hopes her plane pull will not only raise funds for the Flying Eye Hospital but also hopes her Checkered Eye movement will spread. 

"It's just an indication that the person wearing it can't see well, they're on the blindness spectrum," she says.

The Checkered Eye symbol is used in six countries but she wants it to spread to more. 

"I need to tell the whole-wide-world what the Checkered Eye means," says Thaw.  

In order to participate Thaw needs to raise $2,500. To donate to her fundraising page click here.

Besides training for the plane pull Thaw is also designing some eye-catching black and white apparel to help spread the need for more Checkered Eye symbols, which she plans to wear at the event. 

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