White Cane Safety Day in collaboration with Bahria University, Karachi Campus
White Cane Safety Day was initiated in 1964 in USA initially to safeguard the rights of those people with incurable blindness. A white cane was used as a mark to honour their rights especially while crossing the roads or walking on pavements. Globally 15% of the population have some sort of disability, either physical, mental or intellectual.
An awareness session on White Can Safety Day was conducted on October 15, 2020 by MALC in collaboration with Bahria University, Karachi Campus at Al Beruni Auditorium, Bahria University. The session commenced with a video presentation of MALC’s activities in the underprivileged communities.
Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director Training – MALC, stressing on the importance of inclusion, mentioned that we all should have equal opportunities and not to leave people behind irrespective of their caste, creed or financial status. People with incurable blindness have an equal right to live and work in the society. He also shed light on World Sight Day, which is celebrated to highlight the importance of curable blindness. There are a lot of people in the world who suffer from curable blindness, but aren’t aware of it, can’t afford or access a proper medical facility. We should try and understand the importance of these days when we celebrate them and also keep reminding ourselves about the needs, especially for a developing country like Pakistan, and what we all in our own capacity can do. He further invited the students to come forward and see how underprivileged people live and challenges they face with constrained financial resources such as not having access to public utilities, which we usually take for granted. On behalf of the team, he thanked everyone for giving their time with the hope that we all give it a thought and see how we can bring some change in the lives of needy people. Dr. Sabir Michael, Assistant Professor – University of Karachi (a person with a visual impairment) also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Julian Kaiser, a person with a visual impairment, enlightened the participants with a musical performance.
A total of 250 students participated in the session. Ms. Melissa Few, HR Executive – MALC announced the launch of the MALC Volunteer Program prior to commencement of the session. The session was concluded with an awareness walk to express solidarity with the people who have incurable blindness.