Guam - Before advocates of the visually impaired community today, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio proclaimed October 15 as White Cane Safety Day.

The white cane is a symbol of dignity, freedom and independence that helps individuals who are blind or visually impaired become self-sufficient. "Self-Advocates In Action" president Lynn Tydingco hopes the community can become aware of how the blind experience life by participating in the non-profit's Annual White Cane Safety Day Relay.

The theme for this year is "Access the World through our Eyes", last year's theme was "Exploring the World One Tap at a Time", so the white cane is not only a tool for us to a maneuver but it's our eyes that we hold in our hands" she said.

Tydingco invites teams of four or eight from the different service providers, government agencies and the private sector who will be tasked with maneuvering through Hagatna wearing sleep shades and using the white canes. The white cane safety relay is set for November 9 in Hagatna.