PUNE: Facebook Dindi has organised an ‘Eye Donation’ (Netradaan) campaign this year to help the visually impaired. This campaign started one month ago so far around a 1,000 donors have registered online.
This year being the 333 year of the annual palkhi procession of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and the eighth consecutive year of the Facebook Dindi, members of Facebook Dindi keep updating pictures and videos of the palkhi from Dehu to Pandharpur. Along with it, they adopt a social cause and encourage people to join and support it. Last year, their focus was on ‘problems faced by women’. This year, through Facebook, they are requesting people to donate eyes after death, so that it could be beneficial for visually impaired people.
They have tied up with Venkatesh Pariwar, an Aurangabad-based NGO. Swapnil More, Founder of Facebook Dindi, said, “Every year, we focus on social causes and we get a good response from people. This year’s social cause, which is an eye donation campaign, has attracted many people because of our reach and views on Facebook on live dindi,”
“Around 1,000 people from all over the State have filled the form online which was made available on our Facebook page and app. We have tied up with an NGO that is connected with all eye banks of the State. So, once the eye donor has filed the form and if he/she dies after informing their guardians about it, their guardians shall visit the eye bank with an NOC and death certificate and the eyes could be donated,” More said
Till now, no one has approached the eye bank for a donation, but More said he hopes many people to do so as they have shown keen interest in it. He added, “Since we go live on Facebook till the wari reaches Pandharpur from Dehu, the interest will grow in coming days. We have also made videos and songs pertaining to the campaign.”