In an attempt to sensitize the society towards the plight of the differently-abled people, STQ (Save The Quest) organized the White Cane Safety Day Walk in North Campus on October 15, Wednesday, in collaboration with the National Organisation for Social Empowerment, Teach for India National and Service Society (NSS) Hindu college.
Save The Quest is a charitable trust that is striving to address the needs of the differently-abled people. The event saw students turn up in large numbers to participate in the walk and rise above mere classroom discussions to fight the discrimination faced by a section of our society.
“The main motive is to put ourselves in their place and feel the discomfort that they feel. We have organized the event well and hope to bring about a change for the better.” said Smriti Saini, a 2nd year student at Hindu College who was also a part of the organizing team.
The event began with the walk where the participants were blindfolded and given a white stick to walk around North Campus to experience the day-to-day difficulties faced by those impaired.
“I came here because we were really excited to be a part of the walk. But once I was blindfolded, taking even a few steps in the right direction seemed like a humongous task. This was a real eye-opener.” said Farzin Baqai, a first year student from Miranda House.
The walk-a-thon was followed by Diwakar’s performance. He was one of the finalists of Zee Tv’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa ‘Little Champs’ contest. Another highlight of the day was the performance by The Quest Band, a band consisting of visually impaired students.
“Restoring confidence and self belief among the differently-abled while removing social barriers is one of our main agendas. Today, we stand together to celebrate their achievements and to fight against discrimination.” said Asmita Anand, a volunteer for the event.