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900 children vow not to fly ‘killer’ kites till Jan 16 to save birds

Kite flying may be a favourite pastime for many but the same may turn out to be a vital one for birds.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: January 1, 2012 3:48:05 am

Kite flying may be a favourite pastime for many but the same may turn out to be a vital one for birds. In view of this,around 900 children from Sabarmati area in Ahmedabad have vowed not to fly kites till January 16 because with the use of glass-powder-coated strings (manjas) to fly kites several birds die or get injuries.

A group of 20 youngsters started this initiative last year. The group was involved in the bird camping from past three years. During which they used to treat birds that were injured by glass-powder-coated strings.

“Prevention is better than cure. We have collected the pictures of birds died because of the deadly strings and made a documentary. We also made a presentation in which we added some crucial data. We show this video to children in Sabarmati area and try to convince them not to fly kites,” said Rushil Shah,one of the members of the group.

“Last year around 450 children joined this campaign. We have already registered around 900 children and our target is of 1,000,” said Shah. The group started distributing forms to children from December 10.

On January 14,the group will celebrate Uttarayan festival and on January 15 it will celebrate a sports day. Various games like badminton and cricket are played during these two-day event,so that the children don’t go for kite flying. Gifts are also distributed to motivate children.

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