Last Year’s Blood Donation Program


originally published in zappylily.blogspot.com on December 22, 2013

Dear readers, you might have known I am involved in a youth club called Chetansheel Yuwa Samuha. It is a small local club (just over a year old now) and last year, we conducted a blood donation campaign in our community. This program was a huge achievement for us.

The blood donation program was done with the collaboration with a local cooperative called “Shyama Shyam Bachat Tatha Rin Sahakari Sanstha”. It is the cooperative managed by people of our community. They had their 5th anniversary program last year and they wanted to organize blood donation program too. Since we were quite determined to it, they let us conduct it with full financial help.

So with full of eagerness and enthusiasm, we conducted several meetings. Discussions were usually made about work division, who was to do what and how, about the household surveys that would tell us the number of tentative donors, publicity for the program, printing & designing banners and many other things which left us with mild headaches at times.

Work division was quite helpful at a times like this. We allocated people for different works and gave them the title of food supervisors, transportation in charge, waste managers etc. We also had an event created in our Facebook page. Our members also invited the households by personally visiting their homes and giving them a formal written invitation.

So finally when the big day came, we were all busy cleaning the ground, some of them were busy labeling directions all around our community, some were setting up music player that humbly sang “Rakta Daan Jeevan Daan”, while others were placing dustbins around the venue.

The program was supposed to start at 11 am and to our delight, the Red Cross people were punctual. They arrived in the venue at around 10:30 am and started setting up the equipment. The first donor came in and the people began coming. At first we had less donors so our volunteers decided to donate. Slowly then, the people began arriving. And by the time, the program was over we had over 70 donors!!

As a representative of the club, I was given a chance to speak at the Annual Meeting organized by the cooperative. It was a great feeling to get cheers from club members as I moved towards the podium. That feeling of your friends cheering for you as you address the mass is simply awesome.

I have to give thanks to dear donors, the cooperative for helping us financially, uncles and aunties for the suggestions and friends for morally supporting of this program. Special thanks goes to the members. We still have a lot more to do, a lot more to give and a hell of a triumph to achieve, and hope that there are many more of these to come in the future.

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