Human Touch Foundation held flashmobs across the state to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 24th June as a pre-launch to Yes to Life Campaign. The programme was held in collaboration with Goa Police and Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone.
At the inaugural flashmob at KTC Panjim, Shri Jaspal Singh, IPS Director General of Police, who was the chief guest at the inaugural flashmob congratulated the young people who came forward to create awareness about substance abuse and said that these types of programmes are cost-effective and essential for building resilience and empowering young people to be more aware about their health. Mr. Agnelo Fernandes, Commissioner, Corporation of City of Panaji also attended the programme.
Effective prevention includes the promotion of health as well as social well-being with more focus on young people, said Nishigandha Deshpande, Lead, Drug Demand Reduction at Human Touch Foundation.
The flashmobs were conducted at Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, Mapusa Bus Station, Vasco City, Margao KTC Bus Station and Colva Beach. Students of Fr. Agnel Multipurpose Higher Secondary School, Verna performed at the flashmob.
The outreach was conducted under Yes to Life Campaign, an initiative of Human Touch Foundation, supported by United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime and Drug Abuse Prevention Centre.
We must seize this day as a unique opportunity to fully engage the government, civil society and the community in actions for effective prevention. There is need to work together to support our young people to make positive choices free from drugs, said Applesta da Costa, Head of Operations at Human Touch Foundation