Last year, Saniya Thomas signed up for a blindfolded walk organised by The Project Vision, a Bengaluru-based non-profit. However, she wasn't able to finish an easy, two-hour trail. "It was so challenging that I was exhausted within a few minutes," says Thomas, director of Center For Development Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to marginalised communities. The organisation has collaborated with The Project Vision to conduct a blindfolded walk in Bhayandar tomorrow, on the occasion of World Sight Day.

"The idea is express our solidarity with the visually impaired and motivate people, even in remote parts of Mumbai, to pledge for eye donations," says Thomas. The two-hour walk will start from the Sacred Heart Church in Bhayandar East and end at Abhinav College. The participants will be required to wear blindfolds through the walk, where the visually impaired will lead them.

The objective of the walk, she adds, is to create vision ambassadors. "Despite the pledges, most people aren't able make an actual donation when a death occurs in their family, due to emotional reasons. In such times, these ambassadors can step in to coordinate with the family of the deceased and the eye bank," she adds. The Project Vision will also conduct the walk at the Mumbai University Campus in Kalina. Besides Mumbai, its team will also conduct blind walk in 250 locations across five countries with over 1 lakh sighted persons expected to sign up.

ON: October 12, 8 am onwards
MEETING POINTS: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bhayandar East; Mumbai University Campus, Kalina, Santacruz East.
CALL: 8286886011 (for Bhayandar walk)