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POSTED: June 3, 2009 2:40 p.m.
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Lions Club President Pat Powell explains the Lions work to help the blind to some of the ride participants.

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Even after Friday’s rain, more than 70 riders put thunder in Stafford Park Saturday with a dice run to raise money for the Georgia Lions’ Camp for the Blind.
And among them was veteran biker, 4-year-old Angelina Grandia on the back of her mother’s Kawasaki Vulcan.
“She loves it,” said Tamara Grandia. “She usually sleeps the whole way.”
While biting into hotdogs and hamburgers in the park pavilion after the run, riders scanned their tickets to see who won the cash prizes and listened to learn more about the Waycross summer camp from Lion’s Club President Pat Powell.
Kids aged 4 to 17 get the opportunity to be assisted in rock climbing and other outdoor activities usually unavailable to them.
“It is so awesome to see a child who has little or no sight accomplish that,” Powell said. “The smiles are all the way around so it’s really exciting.”
But the camp does not support itself, according to Powell. It takes a lot of work and donations.
“For all the kids that go through the camp, we give you our heartfelt thanks,” Powell said.
And the cause was enough for 50/50 progressive pot winner Ken White to donate about half of his winning hand back to the Lion’s Club.
For the Grandias, who participated last year, “just to help support the kids,” makes it the best.
Powell said the group raised more than $700.
 

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