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Where mourners pay homage by donating blood

Written by: Staff
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Vadodara, Apr 3 (UNI) Vadodara, the cultural capital of Gujarat, is perhaps the only city in the country where people have developed a new concept of donating blood and pledging their body parts during ''Besna'', the prayer meeting that is held after one's death.

According to Su-Raktam Blood Bank, a private city-based organisation, which recently launched the novel campaign for collection of blood during Besna, the response has been quite encouraging.

The Blood Bank today organised its second donation camp and got over 100 volunteers, including many eminent personalities of the city. They had assembled at the Vitthalnagar hall to pay homage to noted social worker Madhavlal Vaidya (85), who died of cancer here on March 28.

Blood Bank trustee Dr R B Veshania said for popularising the blood and body donation movement, they have decided to approach the bereaved families in and outside the city seeking their support for the noble cause. The move, in fact, had been appreciated by all sections of people, he said.

Talking to this correspondent, Vaidya's eldest NRI son Dr Krishna Chandra Vaidya, who has been staying in South Africa for the last 25 years said he readily accepted the proposal of the Blood Bank to hold the camp during today's ritual as his father believed that service to humanity is service to God.

''I am confident that this novel idea will be popular very soon as people have realised the importance of blood and life,'' he added.

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