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Overwhelming response to Guntur 10K Walk

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Over 600 participate in the event organised by friends2support.org


  • Students vie with one other to make their banners visible to the by-standers
  • An ambulance and a van containing drinking water sachets follow the walkers



    PLEDGE IN THE MAKING: Principal district and sessions Judge A.P. Bhanjdeo administering an oath to donate blood voluntarily after a 10 km walk in Guntur on Saturday. — photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR

    GUNTUR: Streets of residential colonies in Guntur came to life on Saturday morning with hundreds of people from all walks of life walking from NTR Stadium to B.R. Stadium to promote voluntary blood donation.

    There was an overwhelming response to Guntur 10 K Walk organised by friends2support.org website with 600 people participating in it and many of them walking the full length of 10 km up to B.R. Stadium in two hours. It was a colourful start with Mayor Kanna Nagaraju flagging off the walk at the Stadium.

    National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme members from different colleges in Guntur district came on time and walked from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. holding the Guntur 10 K Walk banners. Students vied with each other to make their banners visible to people enroute in all colonies.

    Municipal commissioner D. Rama Rao, deputy superintendent of police M. Ravindranath Babu, Charca project director M. Rajasekhar, Rotary district 3150 governor P. Sambasiva Rao, website founders Shaik Shareef and S. Koteswara Rao, software engineers were present on the occasion.

    Voluntary donation

    Principal District and Sessions Judge Aditya Pratap Bhanj Deo pledged all walkers to voluntary donation of blood as and when a need arose.

    In a single-line message he said `Service to human beings is service to God'. Students, regular walkers, men and women joined enroute and dropped out of the walk that covered old and new Guntur areas.

    Students distributed pamphlets to residents, who came out of their houses to watch the colourful procession that had a pilot van fitted with a public address system delivering a message to invite people to register themselves as donors with the www.friends2support.org. An ambulance and a van containing drinking water sachets followed the walkers.

    The Mayor in his brief address to the people at the NTR Stadium expressed happiness at the launch of a toll-free helpline 1051 (or 2351725) for entire State. Every year the demand for blood was 4 crore units, but we were able to supply only 5 lakh units, he observed.

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