We Cannot Manufacture Blood, So Donate
Trivandrum accounts for one third of the total blood requirement in Kerala and sadly not enough regular blood donors. | By Yentha
On Oct 02, 2014
Trivandrum: As many as 800 mothers die every day due to lack of blood. It is the myths surrounding blood donation that we have to blow up. Fear and ignorance are the main culprits for this lack of sufficient blood donors. K P Rajagopalan, General Secretary, KEBS could not have spoken better as he gave a thought provoking keynote address on National Blood Donation Day.

This special day was organized in a unique way thanks to the efforts of Terumo Penpol Ltd. (TPL), ‘Save A Rupee, Spread A Smile’ society, All Kerala Blood Donors Society (KEBS) and Kitelife foundation Kochi. The event was marked by a kite workshop and winners of ‘Buddy for Life Contest’ and slogan competition, were felicitated.

Dr. C S B Nair, Consultant (R&D) TPL, addressing the students from various schools, gave the presidential address and shared the troubles that they had to go through to realise the blood bag that we use today. Recalling those days and cradling the blood bag as if it were his baby, he explained the brief history of development of blood storage module from glass bottles to the blood bag available at present.

Apoorva Bose, actress, who was the chief guest, gave an inspirational message to the kids - to serve society in their best possible manner. Recalling her school days when she was actively involved in social welfare initiatives, she said that she would rather be known as a social activist than as an actress and encouraged the kids to get actively involved in society.

Talking to Yentha, K P Rajagopalan, General Secretary, KEBS said, “Trivandrum accounts for one third of the total blood requirement in Kerala and sadly we don’t get enough regular blood donors. We need consistent donors. The rewards of blood donation are aplenty. You save the lives of at least four people, ward off hereditary diseases for many years, etc. Many deaths occur due to lack of blood but it never gets reported in the media as the media are always behind sensationalism. I have donated several times but I say that only to make people understand that no harm will occur if you donate blood. We cannot manufacture blood, it has to be donated. I consider blood as a medicine that can give life, nothing short of that.” Having donated blood as many as 99 times he attributes his good health and vigour to regular blood donation “I feel so young and active even at this age,” he added.

Wafa Khatheeja Rahman, a student of Holy Angels ISC received the third prize in Buddy For Life contest. She celebrated her 18th birthday by donating blood. Speaking to Yentha on her first blood donation said “I got motivated from my grandfather, M B Abdul Rahman, who founded blood brain biome banking trust. I depend on my parents but just think I have this powerful gift of giving life to another human and connecting to them. We must all understand this gift that we have.” The 18 year old who is also the head girl of her school shared her dream which is to become a lawyer and a social activist. Asked on her first blood donation “Oh it was a wonderful experience and the feeling was beyond what I had imagined,” beamed this young girl.

The kite making workshop was conducted by Rajesh Nair, Kitelife foundation Kochi (NGO), to propagate the Voluntary Blood Donation message where he shared the tidbits of making a kite. “Kite making is an art and a sport. It develops intellectual prowess as well as imagination and creativity,” said Rajesh. After the workshop Kite materials of different shapes and colours were distributed to each participant. The kids sat enthralled in the workshop with each one competing to make her creation beautiful. A voluntary blood donation camp by RCC was also progressing in the sidelines of all this merriment.

Prizes for “Buddy for Life Contest” which was held by Penpol, wherein school students were encouraged to recruit as many voluntary blood donors, were distributed to the winners. Cotton Hill girl’s school aced the contest with 105 donors and Holy Angels ISC school with 85 donors came second. Apart from this, a slogan competition for high school and higher secondary school students were also held. Prizes for the same were given away. Radio Mirchi who is the event’s radio partner added to the fun. was the online media partner.
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