Dinner in the Dark at The Garage this Friday is a fundraiser for the Kootenay Project Adventure for the Visually Impaired (KPA-VI). Organized by Kolby Zanier

Blind faith dinner looks to raise money, awareness for good cause

The Garage is hosting Dinner in the Dark this Friday, a fundraiser for the Kootenay Project Adventure for the Visually Impaired.

To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.

And on Friday night people who come to dinner at The Garage restaurant will be placing their faith in their host and following blindly as they sit down to Dinner in the Dark, a unique opportunity to experience dining without the use of sight.

For the cost of a ticket ($50 in advance) people are blindfolded when they arrive at The Garage on Columbia Avenue, and stay that way until the end of the three-course meal.

It’s a fundraiser for the Kootenay Project Adventure for the Visually Impaired (KPA-VI), said The Garage owner Julie Eyres, and to help her friend, Kolby Zanier, who is a member of the KPA-VI.

“This is so people can experience what it is like to be blind,” said Eyres about the dinner.

The dinner is fully organized by Grade 11 student Rossland student Zanier, who recently lost all of her vision.

KPA-VI is a unique program that brings together Kootenay students who are blind or visually impaired to participate in recreational adventures as a way of developing skills from the expanded core curriculum for the visually impaired.

The expanded core curriculum is intended to teach students who are blind or visually impaired skills needed to take part in school and community life. The program is run by the East and West Kootenay teachers of the visually impaired.

Kootenay Project Adventure invites students to develop ECC skills through the participation of experiential learning opportunities that take place beyond the classroom.

Tickets for Dinner in the Dark are $50 each. Seating is limited. Contact Kolby Zanier at Kolbyz@hotmail.ca or Sofeya Devji at sdevji@sd8.bc.ca for more information or tickets.

Check out the Facebook page for more information on Kootenay Project Adventure for the Visually Impaired at www.facebook.com/kootenayprojectadventure?ref=hl.