Bengaluru: Disabled children and adults alike swayed their arms to the tunes of ‘Beat Gurus’ that set the tone of the day where thousands came together to spread awareness about water scarcity and water conservation at the 15th DXC Bengaluru Walkathon which was organised by the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled at the Kittur Rani Chennamma Stadium in Jayanagar, Bengaluru, on Saturday (December 7).

The general theme of this edition of the DXC Bengaluru Walkathon was “Save Water, Save Life” and was flagged off by Tejasvi Surya, MP from Bengaluru South, Jayanagar MLA Soumya Reddy, corporator Nagaraja N and ex-mayor of Bengaluru Gangambike Mallikarjun along with Mahantesh GK, founder managing trustee of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Romi Malhotra, MD of DXC Technology the presenting sponsors.

The International Day of The Persons with Disabilities commemorated with the Day of the Walkathon. The event kicked off with celebrated with pomp and gaiety with live music and dance performance by Samarthanam Sunadha, an indigenous band of persons with disabilities.

Surya who was the chief guest of honour, decided to walk along with the participants while Romi flagged off the Walkathon which covered a distance of approximately 3.5 km. It was heartening to see the participation of people with disabilities who showed great interest in leading the walkathon.

The route saw over 10,000 people carrying various messages and placards which screamed of saving water for a better tomorrow. But just before they took off, all the participants took a pledge to conserve water at all times.

Speaking on the occasion, Surya, claimed to be a volunteer of Samarthanam and pledged to take part in Samarthanam’s endeavours to service the society.

“Bengaluru needs a viable solution to the threat of water being drained off the lives of Bengalureans. We should conserve, preserve and adopt means of recycling the water,” emphasised Surya who also announced that a national award has been instituted for the persons and organisations who are providing solutions of water conservation.

“We have been organising this walkathon since the last 14 years. I thank the sponsors, the guests of honour from the bottom of my heart for making this year’s edition, the best so far in our endeavours to bring about an awareness about the pressing problems faced by the society,” said Mahantesh while urging all the Bengalureans to continue the movement of conserving water.  

Romi, managing director of DXC Technologies congratulated the charity for the unique initiative of getting together people across Bengaluru to respond to the pressing need of water conservation. He wished the initiative all the best and pledged his support for the organizations work focused on empowerment of people.

The walk aimed to create awareness on the depletion of groundwater and the need to conserve water as well as to sensitise the general public on the ways to conserve water for future generations. It also dwelled on the need to ensure safe discharge of waste water and ensure recycling of grey water and promote the effective ways of water utilization at residential and organisational level.