Bhubaneswar: October 1, is observed as the International day for older people. Each Year, HelpAge India marks this day by acknowledging the significant roles that the elderly play in our society & bringing the issues that affect them to the forefront.
On this occasion, HelpAge India, Orissa branch has organised a Walkathon along with signature campaign for generating awareness among the public on eve of “International day of older persons” followed by a meeting on 30th Sept’11 at 10 am at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
The walkathon was flagged off by Sri Purna Chandra Sethy, MLA, Khalikote on 30th Sept’11 at 8.45 am at master canteen square. About 150 students were participated in the walkathon with the badges “I LOVE MY GRANDPARENTS”. HelpAge India started student Action for Value Education campaign on eve of this occasion. Sri Sabyasachi from the film industry of Odisha was joined with the walkathon at Master Canteen square at 8.45 am for our cause.
The walkathon was received by Senior citizens & other delegates at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar at 9.30 Am. The students presented red rose to the senior citizens on this occasion.
The meeting was started at Jayadev Bhawan at 10.00 am. Mr. Jagadananda, State Information Commissioner inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. The Students from BJEM School sang the SAVE (student Action for Value Education) Anthem. Sri Suresh Chandra Mantry, IAS (Retd), General Manager, The Samaj was the Guest of Honor on this occasion. Mrs. Susmita Ghose, National Director- HelpAge India welcomed the guests & others present & gave a detailed programmes of HelpAge India & the also the objectives of SAVE on this occasion.
Mr. Jagadananda, State Information Commissioner highlighted the importance of formation of Citizen Assistance Centre in the state, district & block level & implementation of State Policy for Older persons in our state. Sri Suresh Chandra Mantry, IAS (Retd), General Manager, the Samaj spoke about the decline of family values. He gave importance on sensitization on elder care in the family and the community at large. He assured to take up the issues through their popular Newspaper daily “The Samaj”, so that the message could reach to each & every corner of the state.
HelpAge India Odisha branch felicitated Sri Nrusingha Charan Tripathy, Sri Bhabani Shankar Pattnaik, Sri Ganesh Prasad Mohanty, & Sri jayakrushna Samal on this occasion due to their immense contribution to the Society.
The students took pledge to love, respect & care for the elderly on this occasion. The senior citizens & teachers shared their views & experience to the auspicious gathering.
Rashmi Mohanty , state head – Odisha highlighted the efforts of HelpAge India in Odisha for the betterment of senior citizens & gave vote of thanks to all for making the programme a success.