Symbiosis organizes blood donation drive across all its campuses in India

'Donate Blood, Donate Smile- Blood Donation Drive' organized by Symbiosis was a pan-India exercise where students and faculty members of its various institutions contributed to the noble cause of voluntary blood donation

Standing from L to R: Lt. Gen. M.A. Tutakne, AVSM, VSM (Retd.), Advisor-Medical Projects, Symbiosis, Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar, Dean-Faculty of Health & Biological Sciences, Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Founder & President, Symbiosis, Mrs. Sanjivani Mujumdar, Hon. Director, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum & Memorial, Symbiosis, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis & Dr. Rajani Gupte, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University).

Pune: As a part of its Institutional Social Responsibility, the Pune based Symbiosis International University organized a blood donation drive simultaneously at all the nine campuses at Pune and four outstation campuses at Noida, Nashik, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

This year the blood donation drive was arranged by Symbiosis Centre of Health Care (SCHC), Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) and Symbiosis College of Nursing (SCON) in association with 15 Blood Banks, across India.

Before conducting the drive, the promotional event was undertaken in three stages: By spreading awareness regarding blood donation & simultaneously breaking down the myths through motivational campaigns, by encouraging the donors through Poster Competition and through performance of Street Plays by the college students. Regarding poster competition, an overwhelming response of 509 participants starting from Kindergarten to the Postgraduate level of students, as well as staff of Symbiosis was received.

Additionally, with a view to recognize the donors, each donor was presented with a ‘Lapel Pin’ inscribed with a tag line- ‘Blood Donor-Life Saver’ along with a ‘Blood Donation Certificate’.

For their contribution to this noble cause, each of the first time donors was also presented with a separate ‘Certificate’ and a ‘Scroll of Honour’. Moreover, each of the ‘committed donors’ who have donated blood on more than one occasion was also presented with a separate ‘Scroll of Honour’ and a ‘Pen’ inscribed with the Symbiosis insignia.

Due to such well coordinated efforts taken by SCHC, SIHS and SCON in collaboration with the Blood Banks at all the Symbiosis campuses, a total of 1994 blood units were collected.