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The Checkered Eye Project

People wearing this symbol have partial blindness aka low vision.

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Crazy Airplane Stunt

I'm going to pull a 60 ton plane across the tarmac by myself!

I'm getting a bit cranky about how slow this awareness effort is going so I've decided to ramp things up a bit.  Here's a press release I've been sending out in hopes of catching some attention:

Partially sighted Grandmother to single handedly pull 60 ton plane for Sight.

Orbis, with their flying eye hospital has an annual fund raiser involving teams pulling a giant cargo plane. The Checkered Eye Project educates about the blindness spectrum and the wearable symbol for partial blindness, the checkered eye. Both need public awareness so checkered eye creator Libby Thaw plans to single handedly pull the 60-ton jet to raise funds and understanding.

Like moving this big plane, informing the entire world about what the checkered eye symbol means is an enormous task. I’ve been working at it for over 18 years and I’m not getting any younger. Since It’s still not widely recognized I’m trying this crazy stunt to get some attention.

On Sunday June 9th, at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, groups of up to 20 people will gather to see if they can pull a 60 ton jet 20 feet for fund raising team building and fun. Libby will be a team of one.

Here's a link to my fundraising page: https://orbiscan.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx…

So that press release has resulted in a few local outlets interviewing me so far.  I hope some bigger ones will show up at the event. 

Regardless of professional camera crews, I will have some photos and videos taken on the big day and share that later.  

I've already got some pics and videos of me "in training".

Holly and Frank at Fitness corner graciously allowwed me to use their facility and were a lot of fun at the shoot.

At the plane pull I plan to wear a very flamboyant outfit and mingle around at least informing the people there about the checkered eye. 

I'm thrilled to say that I've received what I think is a substantial amount of donations from the bit of press and social media.  It's quite heart warming.  I've also had an increase in checkered eye orders recently so I think this little awareness booster has been a success before I even go the the airport!

I'm looking forward to wearing my checkered outfit, complete with checkered high heels and outrageous hat, and talking to lots of people!   

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