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Blind - folded walk in Mysuru creates awareness

The Project Vision withRotary clubs of Mysore from RI Dist. 3180, Zone-7 and Round Table India and jointly organised MYSORE BLINDWALK’15on 29th of August 2015 to create awareness on Eye donation.

The concept of this program is also aimed at creating awareness about the Helpline 104 facility of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Government for Eye donation.

A unique method was followed in this program, where normal people with clear vision were blindfolded and lead by a visually challenged person through a rally for about 2km. This would make realise the blindfolded person to feel the blindness and make the person to donate eyes after his/ her death.

This unique program was inaugurated by Rtn. Dr.Bharathesh Dist. Governor RI Dist.3180, PDG Rtn. R. Guru RI Dist. 3180, Rtn. H.R.Keshav Asst. Governor RI Dist.3180 Zone-7, Dr.Jayanth from The Project Vision, Mithun from Round Table India and Cr. SavithaVinay. Added star attraction was the participation of KPL Mysuru Warriors team lead by Indian cricket player Sri Manish Pandey.

The BLINDWALK was inaugurated in front of KoteAnjaneyaswamy Temple, Mysuru Palace at 9.00 am. After a brief inaugural program the BLINDWALKwas flagged of and about more than 1000 participants from Rotary Clubs of Mysore, Members from Round Table India, Rotaractors, College Students from various colleges, and volunteers from various NGO organisations participated. The BLINDWALK was lead by “DolluKunitha” by the Shooonya team from Bangalore. Placards, Banners were specially designed for the BLINDWALK were the eye catcher.

200 Volunteers equipped with a bag containing water and candies were deployed along the route. 10 Doctors equipped with medical kits were on wheels. One ambulance was arranged throughout the BLINDWALK.

The BLINDWALK started from KoteAnjaneyaswamy Temple, went through Clock Tower, then Gandhi Square, then K.T.Street, then Irwin Road, throughAshoka Road, back to Clock Tower and back to KoteAnjaneyaswamy Temple. The entire distance of the route was about 2.5 Kms.

The concluding ceremony was addressed by Dist. Governor, Rtn. Dr.Bharathesh who shared his experience about the BLINDWALK and also how he donated his mother’s eyes after her death. The other dignitaries also spoke about BLINDWALK.

A cultural program was arranged by the Visually Challenged Students of RangaRao Memorial School for Blindand Shooonyateampresented a skit.