Be My Sight – a time-speed-distance car rally for the visually challenged people – organised by Mysore Amity Round Table 156 (MART156) on Sunday concluded amidst great sense of participation and equality.
The event, organised with the social motive of instilling confidence in visually impaired and education of underprivileged children saw the participation of 180 contestants in 65 cars who were guided by 65 visually impaired navigators from 9 institutions. The rally was flagged off by former Indian cricketer and current ICC match referee Javagal Srinath earlier in the morning.
City Police Commissioner Dr A Subrahmanyeswara Rao announced the winners of the rally that covered 90 kms. While Arjun Ranga with his navigator Santosh – a BA final year student from Government College, Siddarthanagar – claimed the first prize, Navya with her navigator Chumbita – an IT instructor, finished second. Prashant along with his navigator Uday Kiran – a music teacher at the University of Mysore – claimed the third prize in the rally that lasted for around 5 hours.
This rally was an initiative by MART 156 to spread awareness about the challenges, abilities, and achievements of the visually impaired community in Mysuru district. Mart 156 aims to use the proceeds of this rally for the construction of classrooms and toilet blocks in government schools in consultation with the Government of India’s SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) Programme.
Appreciating the move of pulling the visually impaired persons to mainstream, the police commissioner said that BMS rally was a noteworthy event for the differently-abled community. The sense of equality that it created was heart warming.