November 20, 2010
Every two seconds someone needs blood.
One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
In India, an estimated 4 crore units of blood is needed each year to save lives.
In an effort to help raise blood for those in need, Amrita-NSS in association with AYUDH Club and the Students Welfare Dept., conducted a Blood Donation Camp on November 13 at the Coimbatore Campus.
The Muyarchi Makkal Amaippu (MMA) of Tirupur that acts as a liaison between Government blood banks and volunteer blood donors also participated.
The camp commenced following an inaugural ceremony at the Amriteshwari Hall that was attended by over 100 students. After the prayer, donors registered for giving blood.
Blood donation stations were set up at two different locations on campus.
The first station at Convention Hall was overseen by a team from Coimbatore Government Hospital and the second station at the IT block was overseen by a team from Pollachi Government Hospital.
By the end of the camp, 222 students and staff members had donated 243 units of blood, making a personal contribution to the 38,000 blood donations that are needed every day.
A total of 300 students also took the ABO blood type test to determine their blood group.
NSS volunteers coordinated the program, providing refreshments to the donors and also donating blood.
Jaganathan, one of the camp organizers shared, “Blood is meant for circulation, so give.”
Students, staffs, and volunteers wrapped up the camp at 1:30 p.m. with the satisfaction of knowing that their charitable actions would actually save lives.
Thanks to all the donators and volunteers who made the Blood Donation Camp a success.