Join the walk on Sun­day, do­nate your eyes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Around 10,000 res­i­dents and ac­tivists will par­tic­i­pate in a walk to pro­mote eye do­na­tion on Jan­uary 17, mak­ing it the world’s largest such walk.

The par­tic­i­pants of the walk, or­gan­ised by One Vi­sion Health and Re­search Foun­da­tion and Ad­vanced Eye Hos­pi­tal and In­sti­tute (AEHI), will start their walk from Palm Beach Road in San­pada at 7am and con­clude the walk by pledg­ing their eyes at Inor­bit Mall, Vashi.

The funds raised from the walk will be used for treat­ing visu­ally-chal­lenged peo­ple who can­not af­ford treat­ment.

“There are more than 30 lakh visu­ally-chal­lenged peo­ple in In­dia and ev­ery year 70,000 more are added to the list. Though cataract, the ma­jor cause of blind­ness, is treat­able, a lot of peo­ple de­lay treat­ment and live with im­paired vi­sion,” said Dr Van­dana Jain, cataract, cornea and lasik sur­geon and di­rec­tor of AEHI.

‘Tamaso Ma Jy­otirga­maya - A Walk against Blind­ness’ is con­ducted ev­ery year in Jan­uary to pro­mote eye do­na­tion. The con­cept be­gan in 2014 when 2,500 peo­ple walked with doc­tors and em­ploy­ees of AEHI for pro­mot­ing eye do­na­tion. Last year, 3,500 peo­ple joined the walk. This year the walk will see a foot­fall of 8,000-10,000.

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