VELLORE: About 4,000 students, mostly National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, and teachers from 25 schools in and around Ambur, and members of Rotary Clubs participated in a walkathon in Ambur on Saturday. It was organised by the Rotary International District 3230 to create awareness of organ donation and road safety.
The NCC cadets, NSS volunteers, teachers and Rotarians walked along the two-km route from Hindu Higher Secondary School, Ambur, on Chennai-Bangalore National Highway, carrying placards highlighting the need to donate organs, the need for two-wheeler riders to wear helmets and the need to avoid using cell phones while driving vehicles or walking.
M. Abdul Basith, Vaniyambadi MLA, flagged off the walkathon at an inaugural function held in Hindu Higher Secondary School. W. Anand, District Governor, R.I. District 3230, emphasised the need for converting the organ donation awareness programme into a people’s movement.
R. Sriram, District Chairman, Blood and Organ Donation, R.I. District 3230, welcomed the gathering. Vaiyapuri, film actor, M.R. Kantharaj, Chairman, Hindu Educational Society, Ambur, and R. Narasimhan, Associate Chairman, Community Service, R.I. District 3230, spoke. Ismath, recipient of the heart of a cadaver donor who was a victim of a road accident spoke on the importance of organ donation.
K. Pandian, District Chairman-Special Projects, R.I. District 3230, who coordinated the project, said the walkathon had its immediate impact in that five participants including a teacher of Hindu Higher Secondary School volunteered to donate their organs. Vathee Khaleel, president of the Rotary Club of Ambur, thanked the sponsors and the district administration for their support.