Ahmad, 44 years old, is a daily wage labourer at the Kurla
scrap market in Mumbai. Ahmad is a native of West Bengal, but he migrated
permanently with his wife and 3 daughters to Mumbai. Ahmad earns a meagre INR
200, a day.
His relatively thin body structure and physically
demanding work convinced him that he was at no risk of developing diabetes. He
was wrong. His blood sugar level was 440 mg/dl, when the normal range of
glucose in blood is 70-140 mg/dl.
Initially, Ahmad was in denial, but further tests at the
Rajawadi public hospital confirmed that he was Diabetic. As a family man, he was
scared and worried about his and his family's future.
To acknowledge the government's 29th Road Safety Campaign, 2018, United Way Mumbai organized an extensive campaign spread over the months of January and February, on the theme of road safety, specially focused on youth from Mumbai colleges. Colleges from across the city were invited to participate in the campaign, titled "Two Wheels One Life", which was powered by Castrol and organised in collaboration with the National Service Scheme (NSS) of the University of Mumbai. 520 entries were received from 38 colleges, in 7 categories of the intercollegiate road safety competition across three zonal level rounds. 187 participants were shortlisted for the finale held on Wednesday, 7th February.
Contests included Street Play, Short Film Making, Just Dance, Live Poster Making, Helmet Design, Pledge Wall and Road Safety Club activities.
The Awards Ceremony was held in the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship auditorium and included the unveiling of India's first mobile Two Wheeler Simulator for training of two wheeler riders, in safe riding skills. The Simulator is mounted on a customised vehicle and is ideal for conducting on location training in college premises. It presents the opportunity to practically assess the riding skills of non-licensed riders. The closure ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Amitesh Kumar (IPS), Jt. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mumbai; Mr. Sanjay Kale, Vice Chairman – National Safety Council – Maharashtra Chapter, and many more eminent personalities.
Overall, more than 3000 youth from over 200 colleges were reached out to through the campaign and educated about the various aspects of two-wheeler road safety.