Bangalore, India. Former Chief Justice of India, Shri Venkatachellaih, flagged off this year’s Bangalore BlindWalk from St Joseph’s School in which about 800 persons blindfolded themselves to express their solidarity with the visually challenged persons on World Sight Day, 11th of October. The Walk ended at the Samsung Opera, a business centre in city centre, with the pledge by the participants to support the visually challenged persons and to donate their eyes after death. This was one of the 150 BlindWalks conducted across six countries on the same day.
Sri Lankan Delagation organized a BlindWalk in Vavunia in collaboration with VAROD led by Fr Yesuthas, there was a Walk in Macau in China under the leadership of Fr Jojo Ancheril. BlindWalk was organized by the North East Delegation in four places – Guwahati, Shillong, Tura and Bongaigaon all under the guidance of Fr Joseph Mappilaparampil.
The main objective of the fifth edition of World BlindWalk was to focus attention on the issues of the visually challenged persons and to promote eye donation. The second objective is to create Vision Ambassadors, who will do the coordination with the diseased family and the Eye Bank. Third objective is to break the myths surrounding eye donations. Anyone can donate their eyes. There is no age limit for eye donations. People with any diseases can donate their eyes. The face will not be disfigured. It can be done at home through a operation. This was coordinated by Project Vision with non governmental organizations and institutions like Rotary Abilities, St Joseph’s College, CBM, YsMen International, AIFO, ECHO, Samsung, Essilor and so on.
BlindWalk in Jaipur was flagged off by Bishop Oswald Lewis who blindfolded himself and walked with along the rally. Bangalore BlindWalk was inaugurated by Former Chief Justice of India Shri Venkatachallaih. Shimla and Chandigarh had the State Ministers as Chief Guests. Prominent citizens are pulled into the program to create awareness at the highest decision making areas in the government and organizations.