Standard Chartered Bank organises visually impaired motor rally

April 9th, 2009 - 7:14 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 9 (ANI): The Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday organised a motor rally under the caption ‘Seeing Is Believing’ for visually challenged people.

The intended purpose of the rally was to make the visually impaired feel included.

During the rally, each visually impaired participant or navigator was paired with a driver. Each navigator was given a map with clear instructions on time, distance, and landmarks in braille.

“Today the visually impaired boys and girls are sitting in the car and navigating. They are responsible for the car to move. I think it is fantastic. The main thing is that they are trying to equalize people. They are trying to remove the sense of superior and inferior,” said Bollywood actor Rahul Bose, who was present at the rally.

The visually impaired participants were enthusiastic during the rally.

“Being visually impaired, I cannot drive. But if there is ever a car for the visually impaired, I would love to drive it,” said Manoj, a participant.

The ‘Seeing Is Believing’ campaign will set up 40 vision centres across six states for providing primary eye care services to half a million poor.

The Standard Chartered Bank launched the programme in 2003, as a major global community initiative.

Close to half of the world’s visually impaired live in India (nine million), Africa (seven million) and China (six million). There are 153 million people who require reading glasses but have no access to them.

According to Standard Chartered Bank assumptions, close to half a million people in India are expected to receive help from the project. (ANI)

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