<![CDATA[Borrowing from the celebration of the White Cane Safety Day in United States every year, Save the Quest an NGO working for people who are visually impaired organized an approximate 3 km walk-a-thon for Delhi University students on 15th October, 2014. The aim behind the walk says Saif Ahmad Khan, Founder Save the Quest was to “celebrate the achievements of people who are visually impaired as well as sensitize people to the experience of mobility without their sense of sight.” The walk which was conducted in pairs of two had one of the participant wearing a blindfold at all times. The participants were briefed on the basic techniques of guiding a person who is visually impaired. The idea was to create a sense of empathy while at the same time remove the tag of disability. “It is not about being visually impaired, it is about how impaired we make it for them, says Kshitij Sharma, a member of Save the Quest.
[gallery ids="26989,26991,26993,26994,26992,26990"] The event began from Hindu College with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Volunteers acted as guides and ensured safety as participants walked across North Campus. Ganga and her partner Rajeev, who is visually impaired were one of the early teams to finish the walk-a-thon. For Ganga the experience as she states was ‘extremely frightening in the beginning. “It was made easier by Rajeev who constantly guided me on how to use my cane and depend more on my other senses of sound and touch,” she says. Rajeev, for whom this was a first teaching experience, wishes every person to try and walk around blindfolded at least once a week to reduce the idea of ‘miserability’ in their minds.
People who are visually impaired do not require something very different. They just need the basic services which does not make them feel disabledDiwakar’s performance at the end of the conclusion of the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd as they indulged in games which required to be blindfolded set up by Save the Quest. On associating with such a cause he says, “ We all should be a part of their lives and appreciate what they have achieved. We should change ourselves for them and they should not have to change for us.” As for the performance he states “It was worth it.” Save the Quest has plans to conduct more such event and at a larger scale in future. “We are planning to organize an Olympic next. In India, it is almost a distant concept. The focus is always on education but for holistic development we need to expand our focus.” adds Saif. Follow Save the Quest on Facebook: Save the Quest]]>
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