SSM Sevaks Organize Eye Check-Up Camp for Residents in Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune, Maharashtra

The Ganesh Festival, especially in Pune, is a festival full of colours. 

Unfortunately, with the COVID situation being the way it is, the mood of the festival this year has been subdued. Due to the COVID restrictions, all Ganpati mandals were looking to celebrate this year’s festival with innovative methods.

The Chinchwad Shri Sant Dnyaneshwar Mitra Mandal (Chinchwad Mitra Mandal) and The Satsang Foundation collaborated this year to conduct a free eye check-up drive for approximately 200 people. The event was publicized through word of mouth and social media and conducted near the Jagrut Morya Gosavi Ganpati in Chinchwad. 

The drive evoked a huge response and almost 200 senior citizens and children showed up to get their free check ups done. 124 people got new eye glasses while the doctors diagnosed that 8 of the people would require corrective eye surgery. Discussions are on with potential sponsors to minimize the cost of surgery for the 8 patients. 

All the people who attended the program showed great patience and discipline and everyone made sure that all COVID protocols were followed. 

The program ended with the Ganesh Arti and the Mandal thanked The Satsang Foundation for the drive. Mr Mahesh Mirajkar, President of the Mandal, whose brainchild this was, proposed the vote of thanks. 

Posted along with this report is a photograph of an old gentleman who had come from Charholi village for Ganpati darshan and returned with an eye check-up, corrective glasses, and restored vision. Now his shraddha is even firmer that the Morya Ganpati is truly present, jagrut.

About three members of the Pune SSM team participated in the drive.