Get ready for an early morning walk for a cause this weekend. Hundreds of people including children, officials, social activists and responsible citizens will take a step forward for the safety of children in the city as part of a walkathon from Lohia Park to La Martiniere College grounds on Sunday morning.
Ehsaas, an NGO, which has been making continuous efforts to transform Charbagh railway station into a child-friendly junction, is the organiser of the event. It has visualised Lucknow as a safe city for kids. Hindustan Times will be the media partner of the event.
Shachi Singh, general secretary of Ehsaas, says: “Safety of children is not just the responsibility of the government. Each individual can contribute to a safe society by being a little more aware and alert and this is exactly what the walkathon aims.”
The walkathon would be flagged off from the Lohia Park, Gomti Nagar at 7:30 am and culminate at La Martiniere College grounds where some awareness events would be held. District magistrate Anurag Yadav has consented to lead the walk.
An exhibition ‘Essentials For A Safe City For Children’ would also be organised on the day at the La Martiniere grounds. A street play and kite-flying contest to propagate some messages would also be held.
Another attraction of the day would be the undertaking by the Hotel Association of Lucknow of not employing children in food joints and restaurants. Rajeshwar Agarwal, president of the Lucknow Hotel and Restaurant Association, said: “We will try our best that no child below 14 years is employed at any of the dhaba or hotel in Lucknow. The association will try its best to get the idea implemented.”
Shachi said, “People actually need to understand that children are silent victims of abuse and exploitation every where and thus we need to rise for their cause.” She has requested people to be a part of the walkathon.