60 donate blood to mark accident victim’s 1st death anniversary | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Over 60 people, including family, relatives and community members, came together to mark the first death anniversary of a loved one, who was killed in a road accident last year at Yelahanka.
Apart from saying prayers and reading condolence messages, they went a step further to touch the lives of many — all of them donated blood in a mass camp in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.
The heart-warming gesture unfolded at a playground in Rajankunte.
Apart from a friendly cricket match organised on the occasion, the members donated blood along the boundary line.
They had all come together in memory of Amratlalji Dager, who was just 32 when he died in a road accident in the city on March 19, 2020. He was run over by a lorry, which was being driven by an inebriated man.
Vinod Choudhary, a 24-year-old businessman from Peenya, said: “He was a key member of our community and his passing away was a big loss for all. This year, for his first death anniversary, we decided to do something in his memory through which others could also benefit. So we came up with the idea of a blood donation camp.”
Choudhary, who thought of the idea only three days prior to the anniversary, managed to pull it off by convincing Dager’s family and others in the community about the importance of blood donation, especially during the pandemic.
Choudhary contacted Alphonse Kurian, chairperson of blood donation committee of the Lions Club of Bangalore, Sanjaynagar.
“Vinod is a regular donor and his request for a mass blood donation drive was pleasantly surprising,” added Kurian, who soon connected with the Kidwai blood bank and preparations were made at the playground.
Held alongside cricket match

On the morning of March 19, there was some confusion on how to go ahead with the family cricket match and the blood donation camp simultaneously.
“But Dager’s family members and relatives made it all easy. The camp was organised alongside the cricket match,” said Choudhary.
The day saw collection of 60 units of blood. “In my many years of experience, I have never seen so many people from one community come together to donate blood to mark the first death anniversary of a loved one,” added the Lions Club member.

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