Kids, seniors walk to mark Intnl Day of Older Persons
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Pawan Kumar Bansal, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources flagged off a walk-a-thon here today, from Old Age Home Sector 15 upto the Rose Garden, organized by HelpAge India to mark the celebrations of International Day of Older Persons. Around 300 school children and 150 senior citizens walked together to show the importance of inter-generational bonding. Municipal Corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik was the Special Guest on the occasion.
School children from Sri Sukhmani International School, Derabassi; Kundan International School, DAV Public School, Sector 8, Ryan International School, Sector 49, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula and Ryan International School, Mohali along with their grandparents, senior citizens from Bapu Dham Colony, Badheri, Attawa, members of the Senior Citizens' Associations of Chandigarh, volunteers from Panjab University Social Work Department and Youth Innovative Society also participated.
Bhavneshwar Sharma, State Head at HelpAge India at Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir said that a recent study by HelpAge India had brought out the fact that the highest abusers of the elderly in India were their own kin.
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