It was carnival time for Gurgaon on Saturday. City roads were decked up with balloons, posters and flags and almost 5,000 people from all walks of life, including children, took out time for a noble cause.
In an effort to spread the message of eye donation, a special awareness carnival — Fun for Vision — was organised on Saturday by Niramaya Charitable Trust.
Nearly 3,000 students from various schools and colleges whole-heartedly supported the movement and were seen talking to people and spreading the word.
Actor and noted television personality Shekhar Suman flagged off the carnival along with other officials. Rao Narendra Singh, state minister for health and medical education, Sukhbir Kataria, Haryana minister for sports and youth affairs, Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deswal and deputy commissioner PC Meena were also present at the function.
Addressing participants, Suman lauded Gurgaon's commitment to the cause and motivated everyone to pledge their eyes. He added that he and his wife Alka have already pledged their eyes to give the gift of sight. The crowd was a good mix with students, members of various resident welfare associations and corporate offices thronging the Gaushala Ground, near the MG Road and Old Delhi Road intersection.
Last year too, the trust had organised a 'blind walk' where participants marched with a blindfold.