While most spend their birthday celebrating with friends and family, Sudhir Mudgal, a city-based businessman, found donating blood for the 111th time the best way to celebrate his on Sunday.
“I couldn’t find any other way to make my 50th birthday memorable. I contributed for the cause I am dedicated to and hope my blood will bring a smile on someone’s face,” said Mudgal.
A goodwill ambassador to Salaam Zindagi Foundation, an NGO working for the thalassaemic children, Mudgal started donating blood when he was 16 years old. Remembering his first blood donation, he said, “Like other boys of my age, I was quite apprehensive of going for blood donation then. But the emotion after donating blood for the first time has kept me going on till now.”
Mudgal, who also visits various institutions to motivate people on voluntary blood donation, said he always emphasised on donating blood on a regular basis, instead of waiting for an emergency.
“People should understand that donating blood at the last minute may not help a needy person, as the blood goes for various tests before it is transmitted to the patient,” Mudgal said.
Stating that there should be a compulsory test for thalassaemia before marriage, the businessman said, “We are short of blood because number of thalassaemic kids is increasing in the country.
Children inherit the disorder from their parents, therefore people should check their thalassaemia carrier status before marriage.”
He also exhorted people to donate blood only in certified blood banks, which had infrastructure to store and maintain the donated blood units. “I always make it a point to donate blood mostly to the Red Cross Society blood bank, as it caters to the need of a common man on genuine rates,” Mudgal concluded.