On a chilly Sunday morning a few hundreds, including children and adults from different walks of life, gathered at Gomti Nagar to give voice to child rights.
Raising slogans to ‘end malnutrition’ and the evils of ‘child labour’, the enthusiasts took part in a walkathon organised under the initiative of Ehsaas -- an organisation working for child rights -- from the BBD Badminton Academy. The hourlong walk, which culminated at the same spot, pressed for the need of creating a safer city for children.
Talking to HT after the programme, Ehsaas founder and general secretary Shachi Singh said: “The idea of organising the walkathon is to make people ponder on the issue of child safety. The responsibility of ensuring a safe environment to a child does not rest with a single agency.”
“The NGO has been organising walkathons to raise awareness on the issue for three consecutive years now. Today too people from all walks of life and age groups came together to press for the need of creating a safe world for children,” she said, adding that the participants included children from several government schools, policemen, academicians, social workers, businessmen, housewives and a number of other citizens.
The walkathon was however not just about people walking on streets holding placards and raising slogans.
After the walk, participants were treated to a fantastic exhibition on child rights, malnutrition and routine immunisation.
The programme also had a breakfast buffet, cultural performances by special children and various games, including kite flying. There were also prizes for the biggest group that participated in the walk, which was bagged by the Railway Police Force.
Four-year-old Pragya Goel and Advik, who were the youngest participants, were also feted for their enthusiasm. There was gift for the senior-most participant Jaya Jethanandani too.
The ‘Ethic Awareness Award’ was bestowed upon Kunal Jethanandani, who participated in the walkathon on a wheelchair.