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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inspiration-10k disabled persons came together in Gujarat and broke 3 world records


Three Guinness World Records were created at a camp organised for the disabled in Navsari, Gujarat, recently. These records include highest number of oil lamps lit simultaneously at a single location, biggest wheelchair logo, and most people fitted with hearing aids in 8 hours.These records were created at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fittings of Aids/Appliances (ADIP) Camp in Navsari, a government press release said.

The first record — ‘highest number of oil lamps lit simultaneously at a single location’ — was set on the eve of the mega camp. An incredible 989 people with disabilities came together to set an all-new record, almost doubling the minimum of 500 participants they needed in order to achieve the title. The challenge for each person was to light the lamp exactly at the same time after a given signal within 30 seconds.The second record — ‘biggest wheelchair logo’ — was also broken on the same day, when 1,000 participants in wheelchairs depicted a message saying ‘Happy Birthday PM’ in the tri-colour. It bettered the previous record of 346 participants that was achieved by Hope Inc. in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.

The third world record — ‘most people fitted with hearing aids in 8 hours — single location’ — was also set, when free assistive device kits were handed out 600 persons with disabilities. These kits were further distributed to thousands of persons with disability throughout the weekend.The ADIP camp was conducted by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities [Divyangjan], Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO).Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the occasion as chief guest. Expressing his pleasure, he tweeted, “Navsari has set three records and made a mark for itself on the map of the world. Congratulations.”

In the 159th Mega ADIP Camp, the biggest so far, 11330 people with disabilities were benefited. The camp, which is held under the ADIP Scheme of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, is in force since 1981. This has been revised and further adopted from April 1, 2014.

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