Walk in the Dark - Goa
IVI organized a â€˜Walk in the Darkâ€™ in Panaji, Goa on 19 November to highlight eye health care and preventable blindness issues.
Participating in the walk with blindfolds were around 50 visually impaired children along with 400 others. Notable guests included Tony Huber, Australian Consul General for Western India; Dr Pradeep Naik, Dean, Goa Medical College and Hospital; Vivek Mendonsa, Director, Lawrence and Mayo, Mumbai; Kishor Sarsolkar from Mukta Drishti Foundation; Rozendo Mendonsa, National Association for the Blind, Goa, and Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute.
The walk, which began from the Goa Pharmacy College, 18 June Road, was organized in collaboration with Goaâ€™s Mukta Drishti Foundation, Goa Medical College, Lawrence and Mayo Opticals and the National Association for the Blind, Goa.
An exclusive eyecare awareness initiative from IVI, the walk has drawn participation of over 3,000 people from all walks of life and has been conducted previously in Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. IVI plans to conduct similar walks in six other cities this year.
IVI acknowledges the support of â€˜Australian Consul General, Mumbaiâ€™and â€˜Mukta Drishti Foundation, Goaâ€™ in funding the program.