Festival of Light Illuminates Scotland’s Growing Sight Loss Problem

Festival of Light Illuminates Scotland

Royal National Institute of Blind People to raise awareness at Diwali at the Square 2010.

On November 7th, 2010 from 1pm till 7pm, for the second year running, George Square in Glasgow will play host to Diwali at the Square, an event which celebrates the Indian festival of light, otherwise known as Diwali. This year’s entertainment includes numerous traditional dances and performances, fairground rides, an interactive Bollywood dance workshop, fire-breathers, face-painting and a variety of stalls selling clothing, jewellery, sweets and authentic foods, giving the public an opportunity to purchase something authentic to India. The event will also see the presence of Scotland’s leading sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland.

RNIB Scotland aims to provide information and advice for blind and partially sighted people. Diwali at the Square will be an ideal opportunity to learn more about RNIB Scotland, and to raise awareness of the growing number of Scottish people that have to deal with sight loss. A spokesperson for RNIB Scotland voiced their support at the involvement of the charity with Diwali at the Square;

"We hope everyone taking part in Diwali at the Square will take a moment to try and imagine not being able to see all the wonderful colour and spectacle of the event. That’s why we want the eye-health message to be part of this year’s celebrations. Getting regular eye-checks, which are free in Scotland, can pick up the early signs of sight conditions and prevent further deterioration. And this is especially important for those groups who might be more vulnerable to some sight loss conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. So please don’t leave it until it’s too late!"

More information regarding RNIB Scotland can be found on the official website at www.rnib.org.uk/Scotland .

Business Development Director for the Oceanic Group, Amit Arora, commented on the charity’s involvement in the festivities;

“A surprisingly high number of people in the UK suffer from severe sight problems. In particular, those of South Asian origins are 6 times more vulnerable to sight-threatening conditions like type 2 diabetes. Thus RNIB Scotland’s presence at Diwali at the Square will help to raise awareness of growing problem in the country.”

At present, around 37,000 people are formally registered as blind or partially sighted in Scotland but the true total is reckoned to be around 180,000. In June, RNIB Scotland published a report that warned that the total number of Scots with sight loss could double to almost 400,000 by 2030 if not diagnosed and treated early. The charity has estimated the total cost to the public sector to be £194m a year but this cost could increase significantly due to the elderly population, which is set to rise by 62% over the next two decades.

This year’s Diwali at the Square hopes to be as successful as 2009, which saw over 3000 visitors enjoying authentic entertainment over the day. With an opening ceremony by the Hindu Temple of Scotland entailing of Bharathanatyam (Folk Dance) performances and Pooja (prayer readings) plus more, on the 7th of November 2010, George Square is sure to be lit up with a true flavour of South Indian Culture.

More detailed information, including sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities can be found on the website http://www.hungamafestivals.info/diwali/ .


For further information on RNIB Scotland, please call Ian Brown, Senior Communications Officer on 0131 652 3164 or 07918 053 952.

For more information regarding this press release or any other related release, the PR team can be reached at publicrelations@oceanicgroup.co.uk or by telephone: 0141 421 1333

For more information regarding the event and sponsorship/exhibit opportunities please contact Raj Mariappan at raj@oceanicmediaconsulting.co.uk or by telephone on 0141 421 1333

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Start Date: 07/11/2010
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Start Time: 13:00 to 19:00
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