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For a bigger cause! For a better cause! ‘Inclusive Walkathon’ is set to lead towards acceptance of disability

‘Walking together for a cause is the simplest way of starting a movement’. Following this vision of Mahatma Gandhi, India Inclusion Summit in association with Life is Calling, is organizing a 5K and 3K Inclusive Walkathon on 14th October 2018 at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

India Inclusion Summit (IIS) is an inspirational platform that began in 2012 to create awareness about disabilities and the need for the inclusion of disabled person in the mainstream society. This event is driven by the aspiration to build an Inclusive India by 2030. This year, IIS has thought of the Inclusive Walkathon through which the participants will experience a different perspective of seeing the world.

It is one of its kind events where the participants form a pair with their ‘buddy’ and walk the course of 5K or 3K together. Generally, each walking pair should have a person with mobility constraints. But if the pair could not meet the required criteria then the organizers have decided to blindfold one of them before walking together.

As the pair will walk together, they must have a complete coordination between themselves. The able person will meet the needs of his ‘buddy’ by holding his hands, giving appropriate voice instructions on navigation and describing the nature around as they walk.  This experience of walking together will help him understand the constrain and confinement of a disabled person. It will also enable to know a person better following the dictum that ‘Everyone is good at something.’   

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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