NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Cubs Club is an unusual group whose members are working mothers. The NGO with a difference conducts meaningful activities to bring about a positive change in mindset of children about Society and Nation. The Club tries to sensitise the member mothers’ children as well as kids’ at large about the joy of giving! Diwali is festival of colors, brightness and light. What is the plight of those who cannot see this brightness? Let us all pledge to light up their lives. This is the ‘Credo’ which ignited Cubs Club to organize a Diwali Celebration for the blind which was unique in more ways than one.
‘Cubs Club’ organized a special event at Punjab Kala Bhawan where a Diwali Craft Workshop was undertaken. The same saw participation of kids with normal vision who decorated candles made by visually impaired students of Institute for Blind, Sec 26, Chandigarh. The children under the guidance of members of ‘Cubs Club’ embellished the candles which was in essence an amalgamation of the ‘colorful’ and ‘colorless’ world. An Eye donation camp was also held at the event, the uniqueness about this was that parents of kids who did the Diwali craft took a pledge to donate their eyes.
Said Ms. Meenu Prashar, Co Convenor, Cubs Club, “Cubs Club always tries to spread some positive message to society. This time on the occasion of Diwali with the help of kids we have organized an eye donation campaign. Our aim is to teach children that a Diwali gift is not just a box wrapped in a beautiful piece of paper; but it is your love towards the receiver. This way we are showing our love towards our visually impaired friends and want to gift them a ray of hope, that someday we might be the one to brighten up their World.”
There was another noble feature attached to the event. An artiste Ms. Divya Jaggi donated 5 of her creations for auction, so that the funds may-be used to spread message of Eye Donation. She also donated 6 works that she has made showing live stories of PGI patients.
The event was attended by Principal of Blind Institute, Sec 26, Chandigarh Mr. Jagannath Singh Jayara. A presentation on the need for Eye Donation by Dr R. Kumar Former PGI Sr. Eye Specialist, Health Columnist & Managing Trustee, Gomco Research Foundation was also held. Dr Kumar informed that in India, there are an estimated 4.6 million people with corneal blindness that is curable through corneal transplantation made possible by Eye donation. More than 90% of the corneal transplantation is carried out successfully and helps restore vision in people with corneal blindness. Corneal transplantation in infants born with cloudy cornea can make a big difference to their lives.
This endeavor was supported by Dr S.S. Bhamra Chief Priority Project Officer Lions Club International and State Bank of India Industrial Area Phase I, Chandigarh.