Courtesy by: himvani.com
Shimla: It was the first-ever voluntary blood donation camp organized in a church in Shimla and a surprise for many as people belonging to RSS and even those with ideology also came forward to donate blood along with local Christians and Hindus to support the cause of Children with Thalassemia. The camp was proof that voluntary blood donation is capable of demolishing the artificial barriers of our society.
The camp was jointly organized by Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Shimla, and Umang Foundation at the 150-year-old Christ Church on the historic Ridge on August 9. The first donors, on the same bed, were Naresh Kumar and Jay Singh Thakur, SFI and RSS activists respectively, both students of journalism at Himachal Pradesh University. As many as 60 persons donated blood in the camp including Umang Foundation president Ajai Srivastava (76th time), Pratap Singh Thakur (45th time), Bharti Kuthiala and Jaya Sharma (both 26th time). Rev. Shamsher Masih, Father Xavier Herald and YMCA Shimla general secretary Naresh Scott also donated blood in the camp.
A veteran voluntary blood donor VD Kuthiala, who has a record of 151 donations in his name, while inaugurating the camp said, “It is a very touching moment for me to see young blood donors like Naresh and Jay Singh belonging to opposite ideologies donating blood on the same bed in a church compound. This would straighten the voluntary blood donation movement in the state. I appreciate Ajai Srivastava’s untiring efforts to bring people close through blood donation.” He also congratulated Naresh Scott for his initiative to organize such camp in a church.
Some children with Thalassemia were also present in the camp with their parents to express thanks to the blood donors. It was the 7th camp by Umang Foundation in support of children with Thalassemia in the last 14 months and about 500 units of blood have been collected in these camps. Ajai Srivastava said, “On an average every two months we organize a blood donation camp with help from different social organizations and the blood collected in these camps goes to the biggest hospital of Himachal Pradesh i.e. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.”
Naresh Scott said the response for the camp was encouraging and now YMCA Shimla would organize such camps twice a year.