Over 17,000 donate blood in Punjab’s mega camp

March 10th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), March 10 (IANS) Over 17,000 people from many parts of the country donated blood at a mega donation camp in this Punjab town Tuesday. More donors are still pouring in as organisers aim to get 25,000 people to donate blood in a single day and enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
“There has been an overwhelming response and we are sure to break the world record of maximum blood donation in a single day. Till now we have registered 17,000 donors. Seeing an enormous rush, we have decided to hold this camp till 7 a.m. Wednesday,” Jaswinder Singh, media coordinator of the organising committee, told IANS.

The collected blood was sent to more than 60 blood banks of various medical institutes in the country.

“More than 110 blood banks from all over the country had assembled here to collect blood. Special arrangements have been made to airlift the donated blood to different parts of the country,” Singh said.

Anandpur Sahib, 85 km from the state capital Chandigarh, is known for the Sikh shrine Takht Keshgarh Sahib.

Led by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of the Sikh religion, various other Panthic (Sikh) organisations under the aegis of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, are taking part in this mega camp.

“A special train carrying 1,800 donors came from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Besides 40 buses from Delhi, 25 from Rajasthan, 30 from Jammu, and nearly 125 buses from all over Punjab ferrying donors have reached here,” Singh said.

He said 250 doctors and 1,500 para-medics were engaged for the camp.

“As per the requirements of the officials of the Guinness Book of World Records, we have installed cameras at all the four corners and we are strictly following their instructions.”

The camp is being held on the occasion of the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla, which coincides with the Indian festival of colours, Holi.

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