Kannur: It was a walk led by people who were visually impaired but had ‘insight’. Those who followed them were totally in the dark as they had blindfolded themselves. This unique event, named ‘Blind Walk’, was organised by the Nayanar Academy as part of the state conference of ophthalmologists held here.
The walk, in which visually impaired people guided those with normal vision, was arranged not only to make others realise the problems faced by the visually challenged but also to highlight the special abilities they develop.
The chief organiser of the walk was the KSOS (Kerala Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons).
During the event, all people with vision were blindfolded with a black cloth and they walked behind visually challenged persons. Normal people kept an arm on the shoulders of those leading them to find the way forward.
Noted singer Sayanora, who inaugurated the event, also joined the walk by blindfolding herself. Others who took part in the walk in a similar manner included Sports Council president O K Vineesh, badminton player Deepak Amarnath, KSOS office-bearers Dr Sreeni Edakhlon, Dr S Sasikumar, Dr Gopal S Pillai and Dr Jain V Chimmen.
The district sports council and Nayanar Academy Walkers’ Club were the other joint organisers of the walk.