Observing the National Eye Donation Day on Sunday, Vasan Eye Care organised an awareness walkathon rally on eye donation on Marina Beach. The awareness programme was conducted across the State throughout the National eye donation fortnight between August 25 and September 8.
In the awareness rally, it was observed that youngsters were more open to social causes like eye donation and organ donation and readily volunteered for the causes. “When people are told about the significance of eye or organ donation, immediately youngsters come forward. We find them signing up for donation in large numbers enthusiastically than elders, who are interested to know about it, but hesitate a lot to donate,” said the organisers of the rally.
Vasan Eye Care has been actively involved in the awareness programme by spreading messages through FM radio stations, placing awareness boards and standees in various companies and hospitals and by conducting various competitions at schools to raise the awareness.
The chain of eye hospitals observed a steady increase in the number of people volunteering for such causes.
This year, students of MGR Janaki College had come forward to support Vasan eye care in spreading the message among their neighborhood and friends and in turn encouraging them to donate.
Prominent people from the cine industry like actors Thiagarajan and Riyaz Khan; multi faceted visually challenged artist, public speaker and managing director of ACE PANACEA, Ilango were present along with the doctors of Vasan Eye Care, in the awareness rally. Prizes for school-level competitions were also distributed by the dignitaries.