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Treasure hunt took them to Panambur beach

Staff Correspondent


The participants were given route maps in Braille

Each child had a car to travel on the given route


— PHOTO: ANISHA SHETH

READY FOR THE HUNT:Visually challenged children preparing for Children's Day celebrations in Mangalore on Sunday.

MANGLAORE: A group of around 100 people, many of them children, were up and about early on Sunday — all of them taken up with the idea of a treasure hunt for visually impaired that would take them around the city in cars starting at 8 a.m.

Organised by the Mangalore Coastal Round Table 190 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 182, the event started at the Gandhi Park in Gandhinagar.

The two organisations tied up with the Baikampady Vidyarthi Sangha to conclude the competition at the Panambur beach, where the children sang.

Thirty four people turned up for the event, all except two were children, and there were as many cars to take them around the city. Each of the visually challenged persons was given a booklet in Braille containing the route map to Panambur beach. They would guide the drivers of the cars to one spot after another, and answer questions at each location.

Dhanush P. (11) from Derebail was excited about the race, although he had not yet read the booklet. He said “I am going to the beach,” with a happy smile on his face. “I came by bus. Now I am going by car,” he added. He studies in Class 9 at the Roman and Catholic School for the Blind in Chilimbi.

Yellalinga from the Asha Kirana School for the Blind Chimaglur said that he thought the competition was “good” but despite looking forward to it, he too had not yet read the booklet. A temporary teacher at the school Girish B.S. said that, the treasure hunt was an activity meant for pleasure. However, he would not be able to say anything more until the competition was over.

A teacher at the Roman and Catholic School Bhagyashree Gull said: “Some of the younger ones were scared to participate and some were determined to win.”

Software

Chairperson of the MCRT Arjun Pinto said that the main objective to organise the event was to raise funds through sponsors to purchase voice-recognition software that cost about Rs. 60,000 called “Jaws” which is only available in the U.S. The organisers will donate it to the Roman and Catholic School.

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