Join the walk on Sunday, donate your eyes
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.