Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore organised a blood donation camp in association with the M Y Hospital on its campus at Dakachya, Indore on January 30th , 2013. The event saw the entire institute turn up as blood donors, including students, staff, faculty, spouses and friends. M Y Hospital will use the collected blood for children with Thalassemia, who need regular blood transfusions.
Addressing the gathering, the Director of the Institute, Dr. J. P. Upadhyay, said, “Blood donation is the greatest of all donations, as it saves the lives of people”. Encouraging the younger generation to donate blood, he continued, “It is the right time to give blood, as you’re young and every contribution you make augurs well for the future of our nation”. He lauded the coordinators for the camp, Prof. Pooja Kushwaha, Mr. Gautam Pandey and Mr. Rahul Bairagi, for creating this opportunity for every donor.
There were several first-time donors like Ankit Chaurasia, PGDM Class of 2014, who shared his experience saying, “I was initially a bit skeptical about donating blood. But seeing the response of my fellow students, I realised this was my best chance to start contributing to a larger cause and I made up my mind to donate. I feel really proud of myself and will be a regular blood donor.” There were regular donors in the student body who encouraged the first-timers. Vasundhara Bharadwaj, PGDM Class of 2013, said, “I’ve been donating blood since my junior college days. It’s healthy, fun and most of all, makes you feel very good. It’s just a needle prick, and after that, it’s all simple”.
Citing the statistics about the need for blood in India, the doctors from M Y Hospital said, “There is need for ten million units of blood, whereas we have only five million units. Every drop counts.”
Dr. Upadhyay closed the camp by saying, “We thank our donors for their participation and will continue to associate ourselves with such initiatives in the near future. This is in extension to our CSR initiative for the nearby villages, Ugam and Dayitva. Perhaps the next camp will include the nearby villages and we can incorporate further health tips for the villagers as well. This is just the start; we hope to do better for society and our students, always.”