Noted film actor Kabir Bedi was on 27 February 2017 appointed as the Brand Ambassador of Sightsavers, a global organisation working to prevent avoidable blindness.
Kabir Bedi is known in the United Kingdom for his role as villainous henchman Gobinda in 1983 James Bond movie ‘Octopussy'.
On the occasion, six blind girls from Madhya Pradesh, who won medals in the 5th National Blind and Deaf Judo Competition in January 2017, were felicitated by Kabir Bedi and and SY Quraishi, Chairman of the India chapter of the Sightsavers and former Chief Election Commissioner of India.
• Sightsavers is an international organisation that works in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.
• The organisation has been working since 1966 to support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled.
• Sightsavers has presence in around 13 states of India.
Sight is fundamental to the functionality of life. The problems of sight need to be taken care of at school level as 80 per cent blindness in the country is avoidable if proper intervention is made.
There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 31.2 million people are blind when they need not be.
Who: Kabir Bedi
When: 27 February 2017