The third edition of ‘Blind Walk’ was organised in the presence of Flying Sikh Milkha Singh to create awareness on eye donation here today. The event was organised on the occasion of World Sight Day by Dialogue Highway, an initiative to discuss relevant environment, social and economical issues.
The walk witnessed an overwhelming response from participants from across the tricity, creating awareness about the dire need for eye donation.
“We invited an unending stream of people, all blindfolded and guided by visually impaired students, to walk for just a 1-km stretch. This will help them understand what a blind person goes through day in and day out,” said agro-economist Devinder Sharma, Managing Trustee, Dialogue Highway.
“This is our effort to sensitise people to the need of bringing light into the lives of blind people. Believe me, when you walk blindfolded with us, it is going to be for sure an eye-opening experience for you,” Sharma said.
Milkha Singh lauded the efforts of Dialogue Highway in organising the walk. He said he would like to donate his eyes and eye donation was important and people should be made aware of it. He stressed on healthy living and said everyone should take out 10 minutes of daily schedule for exercising.
Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI, said there were 39 million blind across the world and one third of them were in India. He said 90 per cent ailments could be prevented or treated and also stressed the need for eye donation.
The initiative was taken in light of 15 million blind people in India.
“The best way to bring light into their eyes is to donate your eyes. We all have a social responsibility towards them. This initiative is taken annually to encourage more and more individuals to be a part of this noble cause and be a part of this eye donation movement,” stated Anil Sharma, member secretary, Dialogue Highway.
While elaborating the event highlights, Astinder Kaur, convener, Dialogue Highway, said: “All participants from across the tricity walked blindfolded in rows of two behind the blind students who gave them insights of the life in their shoes.”
“In fact, last year we were surprised and blessed to find out that 169 people signed up for donating their eyes, which is a record,” said JK Suri, core member, Dialogue Highway.