Pune : 9 June 2015 : “Voluntary organisations, Ganesh mandals and media should take up the initiative along with the Government for promoting the cause of Eye Donation and it should become a pervasive movement. Bhoi Pratishthan is leading the way and has set-up an ideal example.”, said the veteran scientist Padma Bhushan Dr. Jayant Narlikar.
10th June is observed as the World Eye Donation Day, since 1982, in the memory of well-known eye surgeon from Hyderabad, late Dr. Ramchandra Bhalchandra. For past 15 years, Late Shankarrao Bhoi Pratishthan organizes a campaign every year to create awareness about eye donation on the eve of World Eye Donation Day. Dr. Narlikar, along with his wife, Mangala Narlikar, pledged to donate eyes and encouraged Bhoi Pratishthan for taking up the cause. While addressing the occasion, they appealed to the Punekars to participate and support Bhoi Pratishthan’s initiative.
Dr. Milind Bhoi, the founder of the Pratishthan, said that to scale-up the campaign, efforts will be taken to enhance the participation of college students through NSS, organisations of senior citizens and veterans from various fields.
Veteran cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar along with his wife Snehalata Tendulkar and educationist Padma Vibhushan Dr. S. B. Mujumdar also filled-up the forms to donate their eyes.
More than 5000 people including veterans like Late Balasaheb Bharde, Late Anand Modak, Late Tatyasaheb Godse, Late Prabhakar Panshikar, Late Dr. Pooja Yadav, Late Dr. Praveen Gorane, Late Dr. Nilmani Barve, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Padma Vibhushan Dr. Vijay Kelkar, Dr. Babasaheb Purandare, Adv. Bhaskarrao Awhad, actors like Vikram Gokhale, Alka Kubal, musicians like Pyarelal, Prabhakar Jog, Yashwant Deo, artisan D. S. Khatavkar have filled-up the eye donation forms and participated in the Pratishthan’s campaign since past 15 years.
Renowned eye specialists like Dr. Nitin Kolte, Dr. Pankaj Asawa, Dr. Vijay Kumbhar, Dr. Jeevan Kale, Dr. Sagar Vardhamane, Dr. Vijay Potphode, Uday Bhalchandra, Sadashiv Kunden organised the function.