Blindwalk Organized on The World Sight Day; Expressing Solidarity for Visually Challenged People

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Over 100,000 people participated across the country blindfolded to express solidarity with the visually challenged people in a program called BlindWalk. It started in Kolkata at Loreto School Campus Entally on The World Sight Day and saw the participation of 100 students. BlindWalk is the brain child of Project Vision, an organisation based in Bangalore.

The striking experience of BlindWalk was that the normal blindfolded people were led by visually challenged people. The participants were holding on to the blind person in the front after being blindfolded, depending on him/her to walk. This experience was very special and life changing that gives a glimpse into their ‘dark world’.

BlindWalk was conducted in 200+ locations across India and abroad on October 12th, this year. Apart from US, China, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the Walk was held in different places in India.

The most important objective of the BlindWalk is to motivate people to donate their eyes. The second objective of BlindWalk is to create Vision Ambassadors. And the third objective is to have easy systems for eye collection.

National Association for the Blind, Eye Bank Association of India, Art of Living, 104 Arokiavani, Rotary and Rotaract, National Service Scheme, Catholic Health Association of India, CBCI – CARD and Madura Microfinance Limited are some of the national agencies that are part of organising the BlindWalk. While The Muthoot Group is the main corporate support, Alcon, Essilor, CBM, and a host of local sponsors are supporting this social cause.

Priyanka Dutta

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