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A roadshow of visually challenged people’s navigation skill

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ALL SET: A navigator aided by volunteers gets into the car at a rally for the visually impaired in Chennai on Sunday.
ALL SET: A navigator aided by volunteers gets into the car at a rally for the visually impaired in Chennai on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Rally organised by Madras Motor Sports Club and National Association for the Blind

“This is one event which I eagerly look forward to the whole year”

CHENNAI: Visually impaired navigators got an opportunity to show their skills at a rally organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club along with the National Association for the Blind in the city on Sunday.

The rally of over 50 participants was flagged off by actors Suhasini and Sarath Babu at Hotel Savera.

“The concept of the rally is that visually impaired persons must read the Braille maps and guide the driver to travel through the route. Those who cove the route correctly and reach on time win the prize,” said Prema Venkateswaran, secretary of the National Association for the Blind. She said the drivers and others associated with the event got to interact with the visually challenged persons.

For the participants the event was an empowering experience. Uzra Begum, who has been participating in the rally for 17 years now, said she had been the navigator for Hotel Savera’s director Nina Reddy for many years and gained considerable confidence through the experience.

“This is one event which I eagerly look forward to the whole year,” she said excitedly.

Lynne Connor, wife of the British High Commissioner in Chennai, actor Vivek and singer Harish Raghavendran gave away the awards to the winners.

In the ‘Ladies’ category navigator Sujata and driver Kamala Ramaraj won. Manjula and her driver Anitha Srinath won in the ‘Expert’ category.

A special award was given to eight year-old master Sai Kumar, who is visually impaired and was the youngest navigator to participate.

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