Positive People and Human Touch organized a rally on June 26 to mark the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The rally was flagged off by DySP South Goa, Mohan Naik and Superintendent of Narcotics Control Bureau Jeetendra Ranjan in presence of Project Director of Goa State AIDS Control Society Vandana Patankar, and Secretary of Positive People and Founder of Human Touch, Peter Borges.
The rally which began from KTC Stand, Margao, culminated at Grace Church Hall. It was attended by over 400 students and 50 home guards of Goa Police. The educational institutions participating in the rally included Loyola High School, New Era High School, Multi- Purpose Higher Secondary School and Rosary Higher Secondary School, Navelim and Don Bosco College (Panjim). All the participants of the programme took a pledge to be responsible citizens and ensure a drug free society.
Addressing the function as chief guest, DySP Mohan Naik, explained the harmful effects of drug abuse and stressed on preventive measures. GSACS project director Vandana Patankar, elaborated the efforts of Goa State AIDS Control Society and stressed on the need for more people to access oral substitution therapy.
Speaking on the occasion Peter Borges introduced the organization Positive People and spoke about the significance of the event. Further, stressing on the theme, he expressed concern over rising drug abuse among younger generation and sought support from young people to make Goa a drug-free state. He also highlighted the message of hope, that drug related disorders are preventable and treatable.
Asha Vernekar also spoke on the occasion. The programme was coordinated by the project team of Positive People headed by Sultana D’Costa along with the volunteers of Human Touch.