BENGALURU: Zumba, can be a way to battle blindness and spread awareness. How? Though cataract is the leading cause of blindness in India, diabetes is the fastest growing cause of blindness. “It has been said that by 2030, blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy will surpass blindness caused by cataract,” said Jatin Tiwari, senior manager of corporate partnership at Sighsavers.
With over 50.9 people affected with diabetes, 15 per cent go blind annually.
“Zumba will promote fitness,” Jatin added. On November 26, at Decathlon in Whitefield, five Zumba enthusiasts will have a 60 minutes workout session for charity.
The ticket is priced at Rs 300 and the money collected will go to Sightsavers, an NGO in Bengaluru.
The idea dawned unto Sherene Vijay Kumar, organiser of the event when she got a call from the NGO seeking donation. “I thought my sole contribution would not be sufficient, so I thought why not use our talents to perform and raise funds,” Sherene Vjay Kumar.
A co-host, Dr Marveen Sunny, of the event said, “When we simply ask for donation, people don’t give. So they came up with a 60 minute workout session.”
Sapna Machavaram, one of the five certified Zumba International Network (ZIN) instructors said the practice is on going at her Euphoria School of dance. It promises to be a complete package.