BLINDWALK 2019 - Largest eye donation campaign in the world

The sixth edition of BlindWalk will be conducted to focus attention on the issues of the visually challenged persons and to promote eye donation

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World BlindWalk 2019 organised by Project Vision on 10th October, World Sight Day in about 200 locations across five countries is expected to be participated by about 100,000 people. Bangalore BlindWalk will start at 4 pm from St Joseph’s School, Museum road to Samsung Opera, Brigade Rd.

The sixth edition of BlindWalk will be conducted to focus attention on the issues of the visually challenged persons and to promote eye donation. This is particularly relevant for India since it has 15 million blind persons - accounting for worlds one third blind population, as per WHO. Three million of these visually challenged persons could see again through eye donation. But only 68409 person donated their eyes last year despite nine million deaths as per National Program for the Control of Blindness(NPCB). The number persons who donated eyes in Karnataka was only 5561. Whereas neighbouring Tamil Nadu had almost double than this - 10504, topping the national list.

Shalav Modi, Country General Manager, Alcon India, a global leader in eye care will flag off the BlindWalk at St Joseph’s School, Museum road, at 4. 30 pm. The Walk will end with a pledge by all participants to donate their eyes, led by Mr Basavaraj, Commissioner for disabilities, government of Karnataka. The 500 strong BlindWalk is coordinated by Project Vision with non-governmental organisations and institutions like Rotary Abilities, St Joseph’s College, YsMen International, AIFO, Vincent De Paul Society and so on with the support of Alcon, Samsung, Essilor and Titan.

BlindWalk is a novel idea developed by Project Vision to express solidarity with the visually challenged people with the caption ‘Feel Being Blind’. Through this experience people are motivated to donate their eyes. Conducted in Canada, China, Philippines, Srilanka and India, it the largest eye donation campaign in the world and is part of the eye donation movement started by Project Vision.

The specialty of BlindWalk is that it blindfolds sighted people and takes them on a walk-in public place. Started with the first BlindWalk on the M G Road in Bangalore in 2014, about 750 BlindWalks have been conducted so far in various and settings like educational institutions, companies and public places. The most touching aspect of the BlindWalk is that it is led by visually challenged people. While they walk in the front with their white canes, the blindfolded participants hold on to them to find their way.