The beautiful environs of Sukhna Lake hummed with activity today as senior citizens started arriving in droves right from 5.30 am to take part in the much-awaited “WALK FOR FUN”. This annual event, held in the run up to Senior Citizens’ Day for the 12th time, was organized jointly by Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA).
Today’s event drew more than 700 participants, many in their eighties, and some in their ninetees who had to cover a maximum of 3 K.M. President of the Association Sh. Daljit Singh Grewal explained that till 2009 there was an element of competition in which men and women in different age groups had to cover different distances. This practice was discontinued since there were some cases of over-exertion. As the underlying aim to get people out to enjoy the environment and breathe fresh air in the tranquil atmosphere of the Lake rather than testing their stamina, it was felt that a non-competitive event would do just as well.
For the fourth year in a row, Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) invited the local Police Force and families to Tagore Theatre on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014, to felicitate them, and to honour some of them, for selfless and courteous service. This is an unique function wherein an important segment of society organize a thanksgiving function for the whole force AND the families. The programme drew massive response over 1100 persons into the under-1000 capacity hall.
Chandigarh Police and CSCA have been collaborating with each other for the last eighteen years. In fact, Chandigarh has become a model for other states and UTs which want the same facilities as provided by the Police in Chandigarh – Beat Officers visiting older persons, specially those living alone; a dedicated Helpline; special car stickers; caring attitude and prompt response; participation in the Cycle Rally for Environment AND, above all, the Annual Walk-for-Fun.