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World Blind Walk held in city

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT


Guwahati, Oct 13: The Project Vision North East in association with youth wing of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), Young Indians Guwahati Chapter ( Gift an organ vertical ) and Rotary Club Guwahati along with a host of other social bodies organised “World Blind Walk 2016” at Shradhanjali Kann here . The walk was flagged off by the Chief Guest MP Bijoya Chakravarty.

MP Bijoya Chakravarty said, “ I don’t believe that only people with eyes can see, people can see through their hearts as well. people should pledge their eyes for the larger cause of helping millions of blind people see. I applaud the efforts of The Project Vision team”.

Chakravarty accepted the “Gift an Organ” certificate from Rahul Chandak, Chairman Gift an Organ vertical, Young Indians after she pledged her eyes.

Rahul Chandak, Chairman of Gift an Organ Vertical, Young Indians, said, “ It is part of our endeavour to support the cause of organ dotion, India faces a shortfall of around 1 lakh corneas annually, a small number considering the population of the country and India collects only a meagre 35000 corneas annually. We hope more people will come forward to dote their eyes after this event”.

The event was graced by Rev. John Moolachira, ( Archbishop of Guwahati ) as the guest of honour.

Fr. Joseph Mappilaparambil, Chairman, Project Vision North East, in his address to the august gathering pointed out on the shortage of cornea that India is facing and that how if we all stand up to the cause of eye dotion we can ensure that every Indian is able to see.

In the event 20 to 30 visually impaired children led 400 blindfolded adults on a one kilometre walk starting from Shraddhanjali Kann Park. It was first of its kind experience for the blindfolded people to experience the challenges faced by visually impaired people. For a change the visually impaired people led blindfolded people again a first of its kind. This event was simultaneously held in 55 cities across 5 countries on the same day. The occasion saw more than 150 people pledging to dote their eyes and each was given a certificate acknowledging the same.

The other organisations that supported the event were The Art of Living, Rotary Club, Lions Club of Guwahati, North East Community Health Association, CRI North East, tiol Federation of the Blind (North East Development Centre) and Arch Diocese of Guwahati.

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