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Mumbai students, dabbawalas rally for health, environment

Saturday January 01, 2011 09:25:59 PM, IANS

Mumbai: A city-based educational institute along with Mumbai's famed dabbawalas ushered in the New Year Saturday by organising a rally to spread awareness about AIDS and the harmful effects of plastic.

More than 150 students and teachers of Agrawal Institute of Management and Technology based in Vikhroli area of central Mumbai and over 30 dabbawalas marched in several areas of the city to spread their message through live representation.

"For example, several of our students disguised themselves as trees and gave out the message of the ill effects on environment if they are cut," said Pawan Agrawal, the founder president of the institute.

Students, dressed as plastic bottles and bags, told passers-by about the damage plastic does to the environment.

"Live representation works much better than only posters and hoarding and hence the idea," Agrawal said.

The dabbawalas, on the other hand, were seen sitting in a 'computer lab' set atop a truck to spread the message of technological revolution.

"When dabbawalas can take a step forward and get computer education, why can't others? This was the message given out by our dabbawalas," Agrawal said.

In September, the institute had taken an initiative to give dabbawalas lessons in basic English and computers.

 

 

 

 

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