The postal department will release a special cover and a cancellation stamp on skin donation to create awareness for the cause.
It will be released in a seminar on organ donation on December 1.
The special cover, an envelope with the theme of skin donation, and its cancellation stamp will be made available for one day on the occasion.
It will also be available in limited numbers in the philatelic bureau of the postal department for stamp collectors.
“Special covers issued by the postal department are the second highest in honour after postal stamps. It is the first time that such an initiative is being taken by the postal department for skin donation,” said rotarian, Kevin Colaco, 60, who recommended the cover to the postal department.
“Last year, we did a postal cover on polio. While centenary celebrations of institutions like schools and colleges are done regularly, covers for causes like these highlight the issue well, with philatelists across the world noticing it,” said Colaco, who has been collecting stamps for 50 years.
With this initiative of the postal department for the cause of skin donation, there are also talks for a postal stamp.
“We have six designs ready for the stamp. But, it takes a year or two before the post sanctions the approval for a postal stamp. If approved, a lot more people will come to know of the possibility of skin donation like eye or organ donation,” said Dr SM Keswani, burns surgeon, National Burns Centre, Airoli.
“It will be a boost to increase the low number of skin donors to help the large number of burns cases,” Dr Keswani added.