Vision-impaired get ‘In the Driver’s Seat’

For those living with a visual impairment, rarely does the opportunity come to get behind the wheel and burn rubber around a racetrack.

But thanks to the Lions Club of Warrandyte and their annual ‘In The Driver’s Seat’ event, for many it became a reality by providing the safety and support to help achieve their dreams.

In the Driver's Seat

(Image captured by Alan Quarendon).

Held on July 2nd at Sandown Race Course in Springvale, Victoria, participants drove assisted by qualified instructors, speeding around the course and hitting speeds of over 100kmph. As well as assisted driving, there was also the chance to ride passenger on motorbike laps round the track.

Over 100 visually impaired people registered to attend this years’ event, with many traveling from far and wide for the chance to hit the track.

The event was completely free to attend with all costs fundraised and donated by the Warrandyte Lions Club.

In the Drivers Seat

(Image captured by Amanda M Gibbon).

“The Warrandyte Lions Club are proud to once again be hosting In the Drivers Seat,” says Club President, David Englefield.

“It’s a wonderful day for everyone in the community and we get such a joy from seeing the thrill driving brings to the visually impaired among us.”

In the Drivers Seat

(Image captured by Alan Quarendon).

Vision is one of Lions Club’s five key global focus areas as well as Diabetes, Hunger, Environment and Childhood Cancer.

You can find out more about the annual In The Driver’s Seat’ event here.