Srinagar- The blood donation drive organized by the Kashmir chapter of an international NGO ‘Who is Hussain’ evoked massive response across Kashmir Valley on Saturday.
People were seen waiting in long queues to get themselves registered for blood donation.
In Srinagar city, blood donation camps were set up at Imambara Zadibal and Imambargah Ayatullah Yousuf, Bemina besides Markazi Imambargah Budgam, Imambargah Gamdoo in Bandipora and at Nowlari Pattan.
Volunteers associated with ‘Who is Hussain’ said 1832 blood pints were collected across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Sageer Abbas, who donated blood at Imambara Zadibal said he had to wait in a long queue because of the huge rush of donors.
“It is heartwarming to see huge rush of people jostling to donate blood and this scene has restored my faith in humanity” he said
Abrar Ali, one of the organizers, said the blood donation drive was a massive success as hundreds of people lined up to donate blood at every blood donation center.
“We had set a target of collecting around 2000 blood points and people who registered to donate blood were around 5000. There was an overwhelming response” Abrar said.
“As per our figures 600 blood points were collected at Imambara Bemina, 310 at Imambara Zadibal, 540 at Imambara Budgam, 240 in Bandipora, 72 in Pattan and 70 in Jammu”, which makes the total count at 1832 blood points”.
Ilyas Rizvi, coordinator at Nowlari, Pattan said that the blood donation drive was a unique initiative in the sense that it was a global event with people from across six continents participating in it.
“Imam Hussain is a unifying force across the globe. By donating blood, people have shown that we are one in humanity. Blood which flows in our veins is the same no matter which religion or race we belong to” Ilyas said.
“The drive has unified everyone and that is the uniqueness of this campaign”, he added.
Volunteers also voiced their appreciation for the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, SKIMS, GMC Srinagar and GMC Baramulla for the support they had extended to make the event a success.
It is pertinent to mention, ‘Who is Hussain’ has its chapters in 60 Global locations worldwide including Srinagar where around 25 volunteers worked in order to educate people about the mission of Hussain ibn Ali (AS).
The blood donation camp was part of the global campaign ‘Be a global blood hero’ being held across several countries. The aim of the campaign was to set a world record-breaking challenge of collecting 50,000 units of blood in one calendar day.
Organizers said donating blood was a way of paying tribute to Imam Hussain who was martyred along with his family and companions in the desert of Karbala around 1400 years ago after he refused to owe allegiance to tyrant Yazid.
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