After the tremendous success of the first ever Blind Walk that took place in Bangalore on August 24th, 2014 from the Metro station on M.G.Road to Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park, the second unique walk took place from Id Gar Masjid to Christha Prabhalaya Church in Jayanagar.
Targeted towards a humanitarian cause, leaders across religions took part in the walk to send a message to their communities on the dire need to donate eyes so that the visually impaired have an opportunity to see. The second Blind Walk was part of the efforts to create awareness about blindness and eye donation during the National eye donation fortnight.
Mr. Syed Sadath Ulla, Secretary - Id Gar Masjid, Jayanagar, Fr Arul Raj Sampath, Parish Priest - Christha Prabhalaya Church, Jayanagar, Dr Nagendra Prasad representing the Jain Community and Mr Rangarajan representing Art of Living flagged off the walk.
The walk culminated at the Christha Prabhalaya Church with a pledge to donate eyes taken by the Arch Bishop of Bangalore, Bernard Moras and Jadatguru Chandrashekharanatha Swamiji, Vokkalingara Mahasamsthanaalong with the other leaders and hundreds of volunteers who participated in large numbers.
Visually Challenged children from the Shri Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind performed at an enthralling cultural program. Y’s Men International Millennium Club, Bangalore was the partners.
The world’s first ever Bangalore Blind Walk took place in Bangalore from the Metro station on the 24th of August, Sunday form Metro station on M.G. Road to Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park. The unique walk was flagged off by Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities, Govt of India, Shri Prasanna Kumar Pincha, a visually challenged person himself. The walk had over 600 people from different walks of life participate and more than 100 organizations were represented at the walk.
For everyone it was a special experience to walk without seeing depending on the person in the front who was blind. The entire group walked on the top boulevard of the Metro Station to reach Kumble circle. From there the Walk proceeded on the Mahathma Gandhi road towards the Cubbon Park to enter into Bal Bhavan. The whole walk was more than a kilometer covered in just over 30 minutes.
Reaching Bal Bhavan everyone who participated took an oath to donate their eyes and work for the blind persons. The beautiful dances from Samarthanam by the visually challenged and the mime by Shooonya kept everyone to ’feel being blind’, which was the objective of the walk. Volunteers from St Anns College were the volunteers leading the walk. Amway was the Event Partners.
The third and final ”Blind Walk” at Yeshwantpur saw the participation of over 700 people from all walks of life. The walk was led by Dr. Bhujang Shetty, Founder and Director of Narayana Nethralaya and Mr. Aby Abraham, Regional Director, Y’s Men International to promote the concept of eye donation.
While over 500 people participated in the first two walks, today’s walk touched a record 700 plus people who also pledged to donate their eyes. Visually challenged persons from Articulate Ability performed at the program held at the Amphitheatre in Orion Mall while Shooonya, a professional group of artists presented Dollu Kunitha through a skit to create awareness on eye donation.
We organized the three walks with the primary objective of spreading awareness on blindness and to educate the public on avenues of pledging their eyes. During the last walk held in Jayanagar, the Blind Walk received overwhelming support from leaders of various faiths and communities in a show of solidarity - all working towards a common goal to” let everyone see” and ”to make Bangalore the Eye Donation Capital of the World”. Sponsored by Vindhya Infomedia and the Orion Mall, the walk commenced from Narayana Nethralaya and culminated at the Orion Mall, Yeshwantpur.