10 January 2021
Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges Mansa Devi in collaboration with Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan will offer a free smart access device d ‘Sarathi’ to further empower visually impaired students which ensure the awareness of hindrances on their way.
While addressing a press conference held in Chandigarh Press Club, Rotarian Gaurav Ghai, President, Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges Mansa Devi and Rotaractor Kawalpreet Singh Judge, President, Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan informed that 100 Saarthi kits will be gifted to needy blind students during an event scheduled on January 17 at Tagore Theater, Sector 18. The event will be graced by District 3080 District Governor Rotarian Ramesh Bajaj, noted comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, actor and model Shivani Saini and international Paralympic table tennis player Mukesh Kumar.
This project was initiated by Rotarian Gaurav Ghai when he saw a visually impaired person struggling on the way to his house a few months ago. He was disheartened at that moment and vowed that through the Rotary campaign he would help all the people of this neglected class. In this sequence, he got in touch with the young start-up in Ahmadabad and understood about the Saarthi equipment. After getting support from other members of Rotary, they bought 100 Saarthi kits and prepared the outline for the upcoming program.
Revealing details about the equipment, Rotaractor Kawalpreet Singh Judge, President, Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan, said that the Saarthi warns the visually impaired people about the hurdles on their way so that they change their path. This battery powered device is easy to learn and operate. The device is charged with a USB charger port that lasts for more than a month despite using it daily. The device has a 99.9 per cent accuracy, while it has a navigational range of three different types – two feet (indoor), four feet (outdoor) and eight feet (open area).
Rotarian Gaurav Ghai said that his club is aiming for social uplift through various projects. He expressed confidence that this small effort would give more strength to visually impaired students and motivate them to work more in this direction.
Present on the occasion includes Rotarian Shivansh Sharma, General Secretary of Rotary Club Himalayan Ranges Mansa Devi, Rotaractor Diksha Goel, General Secretary of Rotaract Club Chandigarh Himalayan, Rotarian Shiv Kumar Sharma, Event Chairperson Rotaractor Gaurav Badgujar, Superheards Rotaractor Mansi Mittal, Rotaractor Sanya Aggarwal and others.