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Walk for the blind raises awareness for eye donation

SHILLONG: An organization known as  Project Vision North East on Thursday organised ‘Walk for the blind, Shillong’ to raise awareness on eye donations  on the occasion of  the World Sight Day- 2017.

Over 500 people from different walks of life participated in the Walk which started from Shillong Club to Police Bazar and culminated at Shillong Club.

The rally was led by blind people and other participants were blindfolded.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary,  Y Tsering applauded the efforts put in by various organisations across the State to raise awareness on eye donation.

“The best thing to give in life is to give what we have,” he said, adding that all sections of the society should be given proper awareness on eye donation.

Project Vision North East, an organisation that works for the blind, has highlighted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) report in 2010 indicates that India is home to the largest number of blind people which accounts to 15 million persons.

All the participants in the ‘Walk for the Blind’ took a pledge to donate eyes. A skit was also presented by the Optometrists of Bansara Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences (BIOS) on eye donation.

 

 

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