Governor seeks Rotary help for garbage segregation

Governor H R Bhardwaj on Saturday appealed to the members of the Rotary Club to organise a walkathon to promote segregation of waste at source.

Governor H R Bhardwaj flags off walkathon for people with cerebral palsy at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.  DH Photo

Speaking after flagging off a walkathon for people with cerebral palsy organised by the Rotary Club of Bangalore and Spastics Society of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday, the Governor appreciated the organisation’s efforts in making public-welfare programmes a success.

“Without your support, it is not possible to achieve near 100 per cent eradication of polio,” he added.

He wanted the Rotary Club to hold an awareness walkathon to promote segregation of waste at source some ime in November or December.

A large number of people afflicted with cerebral palsy, their family members and the office-bearers of Rotary Club participated in the walkathon. The event culminated at the Rotary Club on Lavelle Road where the specially-abled children displayed their talents. The programme concluded with a colourful magic show.

Later speaking to Deccan Herald Dr Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh, Director (Community Service), Rotary Club of Bangalore, said there were about 7.5 lakh cerebral palsy patients in India although the accurate number had not been collected from the remote areas.

It is a disorder of muscle movement and co-ordination, which has no cure. Early diagnosis and treatment alone can improve quality of life. She said that cerebral palsy was not a mental retardation.

More information on cerebral palsy can be had from The Spastic Society of Karnataka, 31, 5th Cross, 5th Main, 1st Stage, Indira Nagar, Bangalore or on 080 - 4074 5903 / 4074 5936.

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