“If you can save a life, what is the point of not giving blood”, asks Manjo Rai (21) the president of the Red Cross Youth Circle at Kathmandu University. Blood donation is a big part of the work that Nepal Red Cross Society does in Nepal. This has become clear in our participation in two Blood Donation related events since our arrival in Nepal two weeks ago.
Volunteers give blood – volunteers recognized for saving lives through blood donation
Red Cross recognized volunteers for providing blood in Kathmandu. In Damauli, several people gave blood during a blood donation programme hosted by the Tanahun Red Cross this week.
On our second day in Kathmandu, Nepal Red Cross Society hosted a Blood Donation Recognition Award Ceremony for over 500 people. A mixture of young donators with a passion for saving lives and old donators who have been giving blood for a lifetime received recognition for giving more than 50 blood donations. We sat in the reception hall joining in on the applause for each individual who had given more than 50 blood donations. The hall was a busy place as people were called up on stage to receive recognition. Most for giving blood. Others in the memory of their loved ones whom passed away giving blood during the infamous earthquake in 2015.
Youth Volunteers important to Red Cross Blood Donation Efforts
Several Youth Circles received recognition for their work in providing blood donations and providing spaces for giving blood. Youth Circle President Manjo Rai said that he gives blood to save another person`s live. One blood donation can save 3-4 people; so why don’t give? The Kathmandu Youth Circle provides blood through hosting Blood Collecting events every 6th months, where over 200 youth gives blood.
“It feels good to save lives”, said members of the Youth Circle at Nobel College, Binika Shvestha (20), Kriti Shvestha (19) and Sagar Pandey (20) after receiving a recognition for more than 80 blood donations. The Public Health student Kriti Shvestha shared that she had heard about the Red Cross Youth Circles of Nobel College in Kathmandu before she started studying there. Their Youth Circle hosts various events throughout the year, among that health camps where people can receive free health check-ups.
Donate blood – save lives.
After attending the Blood Donation programmes since our arrival in Nepal the importance of giving blood cannot be clearer; give some blood – save a life – oh, we mean save the lives of 3-4 persons.