Four-year-old body, Social Workers Association (SWA) formed by students and some employees of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), organised a blood donation and thalassemia screening camp outside Gurdwara Singh Sabha located at PAU campus on Wednesday.
Inaugurated by noted Punjabi writer and former president of Punjabi Sahit Academy, Gurbhajan Gill, the organisers collected 300 units of blood at the camp.
More than 350 students including many first time donors and women in particular, exuded lot of enthusiasm in donating blood.
Amanjot Kaur (20), who donated blood for the maiden time said, "It were my friends who galvanised me to come forward. I was very scared to come to the camp but it was an easy affair that made me felt as if I have achieved something. After all, blood donation in a way is giving a new life to someone."
Sukhdeep Singh (23), for whom it was too a pioneer chance expressed that he has promised himself that he would regularly donate blood now.
President of the association Gurshaminder Singh, a final year student from college of agriculture shared that blood donations camps were being conducted by the association ever since association's inception and had about 1000 student members. Referring to the association's achievment, he said,
"We have adopted 10 poor and needy children who are suffering from 'thalassemia major' disease and through our pocket money and donations that we receive, we will support their treatment. In the recently held PAU youth fest, we had put up eatable stalls to collect donations and thankfully, we generated a good amount for these children."
At the end, donators were awarded with certificates of appreciation by Christian Medical College (CMC) and Dayanad Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) that played main role in the camp along with support from HDFC Bank and National Service Unit (NSU) of PAU. Gill, who inaugurated the camp, congratulated the students for their effort.