Lalbaug Ganeshostsav mandal is well-known for taking up social initiatives. On August 6th, Lalbaug Ganeshotsav mandal organised a blood donation camp and the blood collected were sent to Army camps in Jammu and Kashmir, for the injured soldiers on the border, who fight for the country. The blood camp went on for 18 hours. It began at 5.30 am and continued till 12.00 pm.
A large number of people came forward to donate blood and all the government hospitals of Mumbai participated in it. “15,000 blood bags were collected and 130 blood banks across India, participated in the blood donation camp, out of which 4 blood donation banks were from the defence — Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and Delhi,” said Balasaheb Kambale, president Lalbaug Ganeshotsav Mandal.
He further said, “2,000 blood bags were sent to Nagpur and Aurangabad. Green corridor was created to transfer blood from Lalbaug to Chatrapati Shivaji Mumbai International Airport. Dr Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, took keen interest in transferring the blood bags to Jammu and Kashmir by an aircraft.”
State Health Minister Deepak Sawant inaugurated the blood camp. Important dignitaries like Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and noted social worker Prakash Amte were also present there.
Blood donor Rohit Ugale said, “I appeal everyone to come forward and donate blood,whenever they get an opportunity, as it can save someone’s life.