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DRM stresses need for blood donation

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SCRWWO organises blood grouping camp for staff


It is as part of death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

‘Pranadata’, a documentary, screened


— T. Vijaya Kumar

Members of South Central Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation getting their blood group tested during an awareness camp in Guntur on Friday.

GUNTUR: A good registry of voluntary blood donors is essential for securing safe blood during emergencies, said Divisional Railway Manager Mohammed Akhtar while addressing railway employees on Friday.

Highlighting the need for voluntary donating blood to save human lives with some anecdotes from his personal experience, Mr. Akhtar called upon the railwaymen to register themselves as voluntary donors on the www.friends2support.org website. On the 61st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, South Central Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation organised an awareness programme clubbed with blood grouping camp for employees.

The Friends To Support Organisation volunteers explained various salient aspects of the functioning of the website www.friends2support.org as a blood donors’ registry service with an open end contact information of donors of all 17 blood groups (including sub-groups). During the programme several doubts of the employees on blood donation was also clarified by well-known paediatrician V. Raghuram Reddy. Free blood grouping was conducted by the staff of the Service Health Organisation led by its founder T. Seva Kumar and more than 100 employees got their group done and all of them were issued cards by the F2S so that they could keep a record or their and their friends’ (with same blood group) contact numbers. The SCRWWO secretary P. Sirisha and president Ms. Akhtar welcomed the guests and coordinated the event.

Municipal Commissioner Siddhartha Jain promised all help the www.friends2support.org to promote the movement and Additional Divisional Railway Manager S. Sridharan narrated the growth of F2S as catalyst between the needy and the donors.

A documentary ‘Pranadata’ produced by the organisation was screened on the occasion.

About 150 employees attended the awareness camp.

Some of the employees wanted a telephonic helpline also installed for providing information on voluntary donors to the needy.

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