Mass support in Pune for #SaveKidsLives

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A large group of young activists has been mobilising support
A large group of young activists has been mobilising support
The young campaigners have been working with a number of organisations including the traffic police
The young campaigners have been working with a number of organisations including the traffic police

Youth advocate for the #SaveKidsLives campaign Aakash Shah has mobilised thousands of supporters across the city of Pune, India in a powerful call for action to protect children on the roads.

Together with an army of young campaign activists Aakash promoted #SaveKidsLives across Pune, receiving huge support from the public. Thousands of people in Pune have now signed up to the campaign’s Child Declaration for Road Safety – so far 10,000 signatures have been gathered with many more to be counted over the coming weeks.

Aakash gathered a group of 25 teenagers together and they planned to collect a minimum of 1000 votes each in just one month. Aakash said: “It has been incredible to see the response from the public. People here in Pune want change. We all want to see more done to improve safety for children on the roads – far too many children and young people are being injured and killed. With the forthcoming UN Global Road Safety Week, and its Save Kids Lives campaign, we’ve now got a strong focus to call for action.”

Aakash and his team of volunteers aimed to reach out to other young people, gathering as many voices as possible. They collaborated with a wide range of educational organisations around Pune to ensure maximum support from young people.

The team effectively mobilised the schools and colleges of Pune and also expanded their campaigning to public places. Assemblies were held in schools to raise awareness for the campaign and the team set up signature kiosks to gather support for the #SaveKidsLives Child Declaration.

The campaign was taken a step further holding rallies in the city for traffic safety and #SaveKidsLives Pune even started campaigning with the traffic police. The team has also reached out effectively to sports clubs and the corporate sector.

Aakash and his team will continue their campaigning through to UN Global Road Safety Week, and they hope to announce at least a further 10,000 signatures in the next few weeks.

#SaveKidsLives is the official worldwide campaign for UN Global Road Safety Week, and includes the call for road safety to be part of the new Sustainable Development Goals currently being negotiated by Governments at the United Nations.

Visit the #SaveKidsLives campaign and sign the Child Declaration