The name needs no introduction. But a reminder never hurts, and especially for those of our readers who aren’t aware of this brainchild of former IIT Delhi students and the phenomenal work that it has been doing, pay close attention.
Born right here under the NSS wing four years ago, BloodConnect is a student-run initiative, and now a full-fledged NGO, bent at solving the blood shortage problem in the country. It has been growing leaps and bounds month after month in working towards the noble cause of blood donation, and is all set to jump into an all new height this year.
A casual insight by any layman into the problem that we are tackling would reveal that India faces a shortage of more than 3 million units of blood each year (WHO). BloodConnect was founded on the simplistic premise that even if a mere 2% more youth donate blood twice a year; this shortage will be completely overcome. It envisions one thing and one thing alone: an India where a person in need of blood is able to acquire it and treat himself or his loved ones irrespective of his social status, income, contacts, caste and gender.
The organization has come a long way since it’s inception, focusing on ensuring a continuous and sufficient supply of blood to government blood banks, helping the people in dire need of blood through their 24/7 emergency helpline, spreading awareness about the cause throughout the nation and establishing a youth network that will potentially eliminate the problem from the roots of the country. The fact that these real-life heroes started off just as a helpline four years back and are now a household name is a testimony to the fact that people are gaining consciousness with respect to the magnitude and urgency of this issue of blood shortage, and that their endeavors are doing well in creating a tangible framework to tackle the same.
BloodConnect has a strong 150+student volunteer team, working day in and day out in realizing its vision of achieving an India devoid of blood shortage within our lifetimes.
If numbers impress you, they have:-
- Conducted more than 140 blood donation camps and 70 awareness drives
- Managed a consistent weekly outreach of anything between 50,000 and 3 lakh people
- Collected over 10,000 units of blood, saving over 25,000 lives
In recent times, some of the biggies coming out of the organization include the likes of:-
- Human Blood Drop (Kurukshetra, August 2013): A massive Guinness record-breaking attempt to form a cluster of almost 3400 volunteers in the form of a blood drop in order to send a message to the nation
- Benevolence campaign (February 2014): A week-long campaign Incorporating camps and awareness sessions across the country on the idea of equating an act as selfless as donating blood to a deep gesture of love, with a finale on Valentine’s Day
- World Blood Donor Day celebrations (June 14, 2014): Involved the creation of a huge ‘Selfless Selfies’ picture mosaic to give its supporters a face, along with a donation camp-cum-awareness drive. The purpose was to show the country the immense power that its youth commands and how it is using this power in tackling blood shortage
They (and we) are proud of their accomplishments and try hard to expand and improve. BloodConnect is one of the most successful gifts of the Institute to the society. So getting back to those of you who haven’t heard of and/or started supporting the organization, try and figure out how you made this blunder despite being a part of this institute,and correct it as soon and as big as possible.
You can start by following their recently launched YouTube channel and their Thalassemia initiative that’s gaining huge popularity day after day here .
See the video for yourself to understand what this organization has come to stand for, the lives that it's impacting and why it's essential for us to give it our all in supporting the cause.