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Tamaso Ma JyotirGamaya, World's Largest Walk Against Blindness (2018)

Where: Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium
When: 8 th January 2018
Venue: Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium via Palm Beach Road and sector-17 Vashi.
Telephone: +91 22 67313636

 Navi Mumbai, 8th January 2018: Tamaso Ma JyotirGamaya (TMJ) yet again activated a solid response from Navi Mumbaikars, as nearly 15,000 people took pledge in an effort to make it a blind-free city. One Vision Health & Research Foundation organized this walkathon on 7th January 2018 at Palm Beach Road in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. This annual event was led by Tharangam fame actress Neha Iyer and RJ Gaurav Srivastav from Radio City 91.1 who kept participants engaged throughout the programme. The motivated crowd walked from Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute till Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium via Palm Beach Road and sector-17 Vashi. Through the walk, there were kids and adults, alike shouting slogans and committing themselves to the cause of fighting blindness and promoting eye donation.

The chief guest for the event was the Mayor of Navi Mumbai - Shri. Jayawant Dattatray Sutar who urged people to pledge their eyes.  

This year, TMJ was loaded with several exciting contests and amazing performing art forms. Several enthusiastic students from various schools and colleges displayed their talent through conceptual dance performances and represented the beautiful states of our country through their costumes.

All creative efforts were highly appreciated by Mr. Vijay Patkar, a theatre and television actor of Marathi movies and Bollywood, who was one of the celebrities supporting the social cause of fighting against blindness. Motor and bike companies like Royal Enfield, Everest Cycle Company joined this walk gyrating youngsters’ spirit.

Cataract and refractive error are the two main reasons, which amounts to more than 80% causing blindness across all India i.e. 1.2 crores. Amongst many, there is one popular myth that people have is “Cataract needs to be removed only when it is ripe”. Hence, to eradicate blindness from the society, awareness about eye care needs to spread like fire.

The social organizations and NGOs who supported event were Humanity First Foundation, Helen Keller Institute for Deaf and Blind, Evolve Business School, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Y Guys, Kutch Yuvak Sangh, Leo Club, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Rotaract Club, Awaaz Foundation, Tarun Mitr Mandal, Agarwal Samaj, Lohana Samaj, Kannada Samaj, Jain Samaj, Muslim Samaj, Mangalam Foundation, MITR Hospital and Yerala Medical Trust.

ASP Convent English High School, F G Naik School, RF Naik School, Greenfingers Global School, Harmony International School, Harmony ICSE School, North Point School, NMMC School Sanpada, NMMC School Koperkhairane, Sanjivani International School, St. Marys Multipurpose High School & Jr. College, St Lawrence ICSE, St. Lawrence High School, Yashwantrao Chavan English Medium School, Orchid school, Sadhu Vaswani International School, Avalon Heights International School, DAV School, Vidhyadeep School, Bright Future High School, ICL College, SIES College, Modern College, Yashwantrao Chavan College, ITM College of Management and Optometry, Sterling College and Western College were few of many eminent schools and colleges that have extended their support for this cause.

Amongst the organisations that passionately joined the walkathon were Anti-Corruption Intelligence Committee, Royal Enfield and Everest Cycle Company.

Emphasizing the need for such awareness walkathon, Dr. Vandana Jain, Director, Cornea and LASIK Surgeon, Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute and Trustee of One Vision Health & Research Foundation said, “There is an immense awareness gap to be bridged when it comes to health of our eyes. As a leading eye healthcare provider, we hope to reduce this gap in Navi Mumbai. And events such as TMJ help promote awareness about blindness and eye donation in the healthiest way i.e. Walk along with entertainment”.

About One Vision Health & Research Foundation and Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute (AEHI):

One Vision Health & Research Foundation in association with Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute (AEHI) conducts free eye check-up camps and cataract surgeries for underprivileged people.



For more information, please contact:

One Vision Health & Research Foundation

Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute

Phone: +91 22 67313636

Appointment: +91 22 67313636