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Gurgaon comes forward to donate blood and save lives

 26 July 2014
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On the eve of World Blood Donor Day, Rotary International organized a large-scale blood donation camp sponsored by SABIC in collaboration with DLF Foundation. Held at DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, the camp targets professionals in over 350 companies in the vicinity, as well as residents in Gurgaon. Five easy-access venues have been set up as part of the camp, including an air-conditioned marquee with blood donation beds, and four specially-equipped blood donation vans placed at different locations around DLF Cyber City.
 
Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President, SABIC South Asia & ANZ, said, “True to our spirit of creating the perfect chemistry with our stakeholders, SABIC is committed to support initiatives that create social, economic and environmental values where we operate. This is the second time SABIC in India initiated a blood donation drive in collaboration with Rotary International; this time, the event is much larger in scale as we understand that there is a need to improve awareness and accessibility to blood donation in India. We are happy to provide working professionals and residents of Gurgaon the opportunity to donate blood at convenient locations right next to where they work or reside. We are pleased with the response we have received today and hope more people will come forward to be a part of this noble cause today and beyond.”
 
Vinod Bansal, District Governor, Rotary International District 3010, said, “Every year India requires millions of units of blood, and there is huge shortage. Having sufficient quantities of this valuable resource can save many lives – of road accident victims and trauma patients, patients suffering from dengue, treat thalassemia, and support patients undergoing major surgeries and complicated pregnancy cases. We are happy to join hands with SABIC and DLF Foundation to make more people aware of how blood donation has a positive impact on improving the overall well-being of Indian society.”
 
Lt. Gen Rajender Singh, CEO, DLF Foundation, said, “Healthcare is most important for the poor, and in this regard, it has been observed that the availability of blood is a crucial factor. DLF Foundation is very happy to support Rotary International and SABIC on this noble cause. This is an opportune time to hold a large blood donation drive because we will soon be going into the dengue season and the requirement of blood and platelets will increase dramatically. We are proud to see that the people of Gurgaon have come in large numbers to support this event, and thank them for their participation. The blood donation camp will create awareness among the employees of Cyber City about the importance and effectiveness of blood donation and I wish the very best for this initiative.”
 
The World Blood Donor Day, sanctioned by World Health Organization, is held every year on June 14 to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary blood donation
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