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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A "Touch" of New York

It's more than just a fashion statement. Inspired by a friend who became temporarily blind after a stroke, New York-based fashion designer Stephen Kenny created See NYC, a line of T-shirts with three Braille messages: I Love New York, Brooklyn and Come Closer. But more than just a clever fashion device, the shirts whose statements are printed in raised Braille type help raise money for charities that aid the visually impaired. After learning that most cases of blindness in Africa can be cured for a mere $30, Kenny created his cotton tops with the idea that 5 percent of proceeds go directly to Sight Savers International and Lions Club International.

Sight Savers International works with the world's poorest countries to bring people in need proper eyecare. Lions Club International is recognized worldwide for its member services to the blind and visually impaired. The Lions first took up the cause in 1925 when Helen Keller challenged members at an international convention to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Now Kenny, in his own way, is helping in the crusade with his hands on designs.

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