Every drop of blood donated turns into boon for the one who is in dire need of it. Keeping this in mind, members of Jain NGO Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad (ABTYP) took unto themselves to spread awareness on importance of blood donation across India in a unique way.
Last year, ABTYP organised a year-long ‘voluntary blood donation camp’, wherein beginning January 1, 2016 till December 31, 2016, they collected blood across India. Be it working days, national holidays, festivals or extreme weather conditions, the members did not deter and remained committed to their mission.
Organised under the banner of mega blood donation drive and with a motto that ‘each day will be blood donation camp’, it organised 468 blood donation camps at 410 different venues and collected 32,009 units of blood.
While in 2012 and 2014, ABTYP had organised one-time mega blood donation drives, in 2016 they made it a year-long event.
BC Bhalawat, President of ABTYP, said, “We are immensely happy and honoured with the support we got throughout the journey of Blood Donation Drive in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In these past years, our attempt has been to create huge awareness about volunteering for blood donation and making people aware that by donating blood, they are saving lives.”
The 2016 year-long drive received support from Pranab Mukherji, President of India, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, along with state governors, chief ministers, Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities and social activists.
ABTYP’s first Blood Donation Drive was held on September 17 in 2012, which had Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador, and they collected 96,600 units of blood. Two years later, on September 6, 2014, it surpassed not only its previous record, but also entered the Guinness World Records book for highest blood collection done at multiple locations in one day – 1,00,212 units.
Talking about camps, Nitesh Kothari, member of ABTYP, said “A drive of this scale cannot be achieved without the contribution from all sections of the society.”
ABTYP, a youth wing of Jain Shwetambar Terapanth Society, has a nationwide network of over 325 active branches and over 40,000 members and supporters across the world.