‘Amazed at the re­sponse’

Sav­ing lives mat­ters HOW CAN SUCH AN INI­TIA­TIVE HELP?

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The idea of a helpline, Blood­Con­nect, started when Nitin Garg got a re­quest for blood from a friend. “Go­ing from one hos­tel door to an­other, find­ing donors to help, I was amazed to see such a pos­i­tive re­sponse from all the stu­dents. This made me re­alise that we needed a proper chan­nel for stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in such causes and help oth­ers. That is when Blood­Con­nect as an on­line helpline started. Later on we brought about a lot of changes in our model, our plan of ac­tion, to tackle the prob­lem of blood short­age. How­ever, it all be­gan for me with a helpline re­quest,” he says.

Utkarsh Kawa­tra was “roped in” by Garg for the helpline through the NSS wing of IIT Delhi. “We met some ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple work­ing in the field of blood do­na­tion and re­alised that a helpline is not a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. The prob­lem of blood short­age in the blood banks is not ad­dressed by a helpline. Need-based emer­gency de­mands will au­to­mat­i­cally end if there is enough blood in the bank. With this thought, we de­cided to fo­cus on blood do­na­tion camps as well. IIT came first and soon other col­leges joined in for this cause. The founder and co-founder of Blood­Con­nect talk about how stu­dents ben­e­fit from the move­ment

Mak­ing true im­pact: Be­fore Blood­Con­nect, some col­leges did not even or­gan­ise blood do­na­tion camps. Now young peo­ple come for­ward and re­alise the im­pact they have. They spend 20 min­utes and save three to four lives!

Quick helpline: Re­cently there was a blood re­quest from a col­lege where we or­gan­ise reg­u­lar camps. There was a need of quite a lot of blood units and their fam­ily could not ar­range much. They quickly guided the per­son need­ing help to a Blood­Con­nect volun- teer who in turn helped them out

Build­ing re­la­tions with other col­leges: Blood­Con­nect makes it eas­ier for stu­dents from so­cial ser­vice/ NSS wings of col­leges to co­or­di­nate and work on other as­pects as well

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