‘Symbolic Walk’ with Band display for awareness against drug abuse
New Delhi, June 26 (HS): On the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, union minister of social justice and empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot flagged off the “17th Run Against Drug Abuse” at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
Ministers of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Ramdas Athawale, Rattan Lal Kataria and other dignitaries were also present. They led the ‘Symbolic Walk’ with Band display. A demo cultural show was organised and certificates prizes and awards of appreciation were distributed to the participants on the occasion.
This annual event “Run Against Drug Abuse” to observe the “International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” is being held for the past 16 years. It is coordinated by Dr. Sunita Godara (1992 Asian Marathon Champion) under the aegis of ministry of social justice and empowerment.
The event proved to be of great value for awareness on drug abuse. Marking the World Drug Day on 26th June, 2019 to raise awareness about drugs; ‘Listen First’ is chosen as an initiative theme now to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them to grow healthy and safe.