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International blind-walk to encourage eye donation

The event aims to raise awareness about blindness and encourage eye donations.

 
Bengaluru: 

People from 55 locations from across five countries will take part in the largest eye donation campaign on the occasion of World Sight day.

About 5,000 visually challenged people will lead over 25,000 people in a blind folded walk across the world on Oct. 13 that will end with a pledge to donate eyes and help the cause of the visually challenged people from US, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India.

The event is organized by The Project Vision (TPV), a movement to raise awareness about blindness and encourage eye donations, founded by Claretian Fr. George Kannanthanam in Bangalore in 2013.

“The World Blind Walk will bringing together over 500 organizations from across the globe from social, medical, academic and religious backgrounds on a single platform to push for a global movement on eye donations,” Fr. Kannanthanam said in a press statement.

He said that the tool to spread the message of eye donation developed by Project Vision is Blind Walk.

“Making sighted people to blindfold themselves and to walk about a kilometre, led by a completely blind person is a lifetime experience which leads them to a pledge to donate their eyes after death,” he said.

The priest said that the first three Blind Walks were conducted in Bangalore in 2014 in connection with the Indian eye donation fortnight.

With a view to spread the message outside Bangalore, TPV organized Blind Walks in 2015 in six places- Mysore, Tumkur, Hubli, Doddaballapur, Chennai and Bangalore. More than 500 people participated in each Walk.

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