It is well known that children suffering from thalassemia need blood transfusion and iron chelation every month. While the suffering and pain is borne by the child, the financial implications of this regular routine are quite demanding for many families. In the past we have seen that a few families shun the idea of regular management owing to the lack of financial resources.
Sankalp organized 12 blood donation camps in Sept 2015 collecting 772 units of blood.
Syniverse: 3rd camp was organized in Syniverse on 2nd Sept. The company promoted the event very well and arranged fruits for the donors. We saw 87 people turning up for the event with a collection of 75 units of blood.
1st October is celebrated as National Voluntary Blood Donor’s Day in India to mark the birthday of Dr J G Jolly who is believed to have spearheaded the movement to promote Voluntary Blood Donation in the country. Several voluntary organizations across the country marked the day with blood donation drives and other celebrations including felicitation of regular donors. A few blood banks and hospitals organized CMEs. Sankalp too could have organized an event and marked the special day. Instead we chose to do something different.
What do we do as a voluntary organisation when we confront with a problem that affects the donors and the interest of voluntary blood donation as a whole? There are choices. There is the choice to create awareness about the problem and hope that someone will take notice and solve it. The other option is to petition the Government and other stakeholders to try and take the problem up and find answers. Then there is the approach that we took.
If you will not stop before the blood shortage problem is not eliminated and I you have a deep dislike for the malpractice that plagues blood donation today, here is your chance. Join in as a Sankalp Volunteer. Expose yourself to a world of selfless action and opportunities.