The walk which was led by Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Usman Anwar, recorded the participation of more than 50,000 people from all walks of life. Secretary Sports Haroon Ahmed Khan was also among the participants and led the ladies walk.
Despite overnight and morning rain around 30,000 male and 20,000 females took part in the walk holding banners for awareness for the eradication of dengue before it spread havoc. The walk started from Liberty Chowk till Main Market and was participated by different sects of the society while the walk of the ladies coming from various schools, colleges, teachers, professors, hospitals nurses, doctors etc also started from the Liberty Chowk and took a U-turn from Hafeez Centre back to the start point.
Barbbed wire was kept the ladies and gents walkers separate while Rescue 1122, Civil Defence and Police had a close vigilance on the route to avoid any untoward or unethical incident.
The participants were not only entertained by clowns, different well-known musicians but also aero modals which displayed different acrobatic skills in midair. The modal aeroplanes and helicopters took their flight from the Gulberg Main Boulevard and circulated above the Liberty Chowk and landed at the same venue. On the other hand the different singers including Waris Baig, Malku and Nadeem Abbas entertained the crowd while there were some of the actors who Abid Kashimiri, Zakota Jin and several others provided some amusement among the children of different schools and colleges.
“The Sports Board has been doing a great job in the organization the Punjab Youth Festival and the Punjab government after watching the enthusiasm of the youth in the Festival thought to utilize their passion for the war against dengue,” said Rana Mashhood.
Rana Mashhood, who is also chief organizer of the Punjab Youth Festival, said that it was the mission of the Punjab government and Khadim-i-Aala to provide the province a clean and healthy environment. “It was his effort that the dengue spread is under full control as compared to the last year. The positive steps taken by the government has prevented it from increasing,” he maintained.
“The nation is united on one platform and today’s walk is the proof of the public and government collaboration stepped up efforts for a clean and healthy environment free of dengue,” he added.
He further stated that the first level of the Punjab Youth Festival had established a record of participation of 1.5 million and likewise the influx of people for the Walk for a Cause is also a record. “I have not seen such a big participation, interest and passion of people in any other walk,” he maintained.
The participants of the walk not only enjoyed the light drizzle but also entertained to the beat of the music while the children enjoyed the clown characters.
In the end, the deputy speaker also praised the efforts of Usman Anwar and the other organisers of the walk.