Social heroes honoured

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New Delhi, Jun 14 (UNI) Its often that we give accolades to cricketers for scoring centuries but what about those heroes who have served the society by their blood and had scored centuries in it.

No, we are not talking about armymen but those real time heroes who had donated their blood not once or twice but hundred times.

On the occasion of World Blood Donation Day in the Capital today, 66 people were honoured in a function today organised under the Indian Red Cross Society for their contribution in blood donation. Of these, seven people, were those who had donated thier blood more than hundred times, and this includes two women.

In order to mark the occasion, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to India Dr Salim J Habayab honoured the donors by giving logo T-shirts and publicity materials to them.

Meanwhile, media institutions like All India Radio and FM Radio encouraged them by broadcasting their interviews.

Till date, around 55 lakhs people have donated their blood in the country and in coming two years the Indian Red Cross Society aims to incorporate ten thousand more donors in its blood donation compaign.

In Delhi alone, the Redcross Society on average collects 30 thousand units of blood per year.

The Indian Red Cross Society has organised a week long programme to spread awareness about blood donation.

For this, pamphlets will be distributed at petrol pumps, posters will be pasted at various places in the city and several voluntary blood donation camps will be held in the city so that people could come forward with open hearts.

Secretary General of the Society Dr S P Agrarwal said,'' Every one in the world today needs blood , hence it is imperative to spread awareness about these campaigns and honour donors.'' Presently around 110 blood banks are running in the country, he said.

Representatives from America, Britain, Canada, Spain and Germany also participated in the function.

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