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Inclusion Walkathon 2019 aims to spread the message of a world without barriers

"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together." This African proverb summarises the essence of the Inclusion Walkathon 2019 in Bengaluru.

Come 21 July, Bengaluru will witness the Inclusion Walkathon 2019, one of the initiatives of the India Inclusion Foundation. The first edition, held last year, saw a good response from the disabled and non-disabled community.

The walkathon aims to spread the message of the beauty in a world without barriers, discrimination and biases. The goal is to promote togetherness among people coming from various backgrounds.

We aim to create inclusion through the walkathon. When people walk together they get to understand the other person. They communicate and share their thoughts with each other creating a positive conversation that is the first step towards breaking social and mental barriers. We are not looking to promote ourselves or our sponsors, the walkathon is purely for harmony and inclusion. - Priyanka Agarwal, Team Member, India Inclusion Foundation.

Inclusion Walkathon 2019 will see the participation of over 6,000 people, with and without disabilities. The participants will walk with a buddy and cover a distance of three or five kilometres. This will include blindfold walking, where one person will be in blindfold and be guided by another for half the distance. They will then exchange roles.

Major DP Singh, India's first blade runner, will be there to cheer and encourage the walkers.

Entry is free and there are many things for walkers to look forward to like T-shirts, medals, breakfast and a fun cool down party. Music bands and singers will be there as well to add some energy. The core team behind the Walkathon includes people with disabilities, including those with developmental disorders.

"This year too we have received an overwhelming response from the disabled community", says Karthik, a volunteer. "The buddy walk concept touched many people and it helped create understanding among people coming from different walks of life. We are thrilled to be a part of this movement".

The India Inclusion Foundation is encouraging people to organise walkathons in their respective cities to be a part of the inclusion movement. The walkathon is at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. It starts at 6AM so be there on 21st July. There will be volunteers and sign language interpreters to make it memorable for all.

GET IN TOUCH: To know more about the walkathon visit the website:https://indiainclusionsummit.com

You can also write email to: indiainclusionsummit@gmail.com

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