Kartavya and Indian Red Cross Society Raipur organizes blood donation camp
“Gift of blood is gift of life”
Kartavya, the CSR club of IIM Raipur in association with Indian Red Cross Society Raipur organized a blood donation camp in Sejbahar, Raipur on 23rd August 2015.
Blood donation is not about just giving blood, it is about saving lives. Blood donated by one person can save upto three lives. In spite of it being such a noble task, people possess a stereotype perception about blood donation and hence are reluctant to come forward. Only 5 % of the world population donates blood, but a mere 5 % increase in the contribution can eliminate blood shortage problems faced so severely in today’s world.
Kartavya and Indian Red Cross Society successfully organized the blood donation camp in Lok Siksh Kendra,Sejbahar with a primary motive of spreading awareness among the people of Sejbahar. With an objective of maximizing participation, such a place which can attract a great number of people, was chosen. Students of IIM Raipur had been publicizing the event and its importance among the people of Sejbahar for the previous two days. Posters were put up at different places in Sejbahar area. Students also visited the villages to inform the people about the event.
The event started at 10 AM. Initially the students of IIM Raipur were mainly participating in the blood donation. This however led to curiosity among a lot of local people who came forward with the doubts they had in their minds. They were assured about how safe the process was and also how noble the cause is. Gradually interest augmented and local people started participating. More than 30 people of different age groups came from local households which included women too. Each of the blood donors were thoroughly checked by doctors from Red Cross Society as to whether they were in proper health to donate. Total units collected were over 100. Each of the donors was offered refreshments and certificates as a token of acknowledgement for their participation in this noble event. The event continued till 6PM.
The main objective of organizing the blood donation camp was to spend awareness among the people of Sejbahar. People generally possess many preconceived notions about blood donation. This event was greatly successful in transforming these notions into interest, resulting into participation and hence initiating a change in people’s stigma about blood donation.