The COVID-19 pandemic brought our lives to a sudden halt in 2020. While many survived, several people lost their lives to the virus.
A section of people, however, did their best to save lives even if it meant losing their own — the Covid frontline workers. Over these months, these Covid warriors have been recognised, appreciated and awarded by the government and several organisations across the country, in various ways, for their huge contribution in saving lives.
However, to do something different as a tribute to our Covid warriors, a 33-year-old man from Mysuru, Bharath P N, decided to walk over 4,000 km. On December 11, 2020, Bharath embarked on a ‘Walk for Humanity‘ from Kanyakumari.
“The final destination of my 99-day journey from Kanyakumari was Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir,” Bharath tells Platocast. “I walked around 45-50 km every day on highways, covering as many as 11 states of the country, until I reached the final destination on March 19, 2021.”
The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown had made Bharath homebound, like so many other people in the country.
“One of the reasons why I chose to walk is that it keeps us healthy, which is exactly what our Covid warriors have been fighting for. I realised how hard it must be to continuously work for society, to render selfless service to the country, day after day. I realised that I, as an individual, must give back to society too, to honour our Covid warriors,” Bharath says.
While he walked, Bharath often had to look for a tree under which he could rest. “Whenever I met new people during my journey, I tried to spread awareness on environment protection, planting of trees, and fitness. As I walked, more than 150 saplings were planted at various places in the country,” says Bharath.
“I traveled solo, but love and support poured in from everywhere. Support is a huge thing, because it instills confidence in you,” Bharath concludes.