Air warriors of No 3 Air Force Selection Board, Gandhinagar undertook a Walkathon of 50 kms to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event was dedicated to the Mahatma’s spirit of ‘Perseverance in pursuit of goal’. Air warriors in a unique way paid homage to the Father of the Nation by symbolically depicting walking on the arduous path of truth shown by the Mahatma.
More than 70 air warriors and their families from the Selection Board participated in the event in which they walked for 12 hours continuously. Walkathon was flagged off by Air Commodore Deshpal Singh who joined them in the Walkathon.
The idea was to move from ‘despair’ to ‘hope’ by strengthening self during adversity and with the onset of dawn, usher in hope with positive thinking and activities contributing to the society. Air warriors interacted with morning walker and spread the message of ‘Fit India’, ‘Swachchh Bharat’ and Gandhian ideals.
In his address Air Commodore Deshpal Singh said, the motivation behind the Walkathon was the Gandhiji’s inspiring qualities of ‘Faith in Self’, ‘Persistence’ and ‘Strength of Character’ that pushes one to give ones maximum to a cause.
No 3 Air Force Selection Board and has been operational at Gandhinagar since 2012 and has been entrusted with a vital role of testing and selection of young aspiring Candidates in the region and selecting for training to be commissioned as Officers in all the three Services including IAF. Air warriors are specially trained by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi for the selection purpose and are highly motivated.