Student managers at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore demonstrated their sensitivity towards the society last Saturday, the 21st of July, by hosting a hugely successful blood donation camp in association with Narayana Hrudayalaya and Sparsh hospitals.
The blood donation camp, which has become integral with the social fabric of the institution was, for the first time organized in 2006. Such camps are organised twice a year since then, with around 100 student donors volunteering to donate blood on each instance.This year the day-long camp saw a collection of 101 units of blood.
The donated blood would be stored at Narayana Hrudayalaya Blood Bank and will be used by the hospitals for accident related surgeries of the poor The non- profit arm of Sparsh Hospital, Sparsh foundation will use the blood in the free of cost surgeries of more than 200 unfortunate children and 100 retired poor school teachers. The next such large scale blood donation camp is expected to be held at IIM Bangalore in January next year.
The camp was organized by student body ‘VIKASANA’, a student club promoting social work and responsible living in the IIMB community. Vikasana hosts several initiatives, the major being granting scholarships to IIMB mess workers’ children, education initiatives for slum children, social case studies and fund-raiser events for NGOs. During the orientation programme for the incoming batch, Vikasana organizes NGO visits for the entire batch of 375 students to sensitize them towards their social responsibilities. The Bangalore cardiac unit of Narayana Hrudayalaya is one of the world’s largest pediatric heart hospitals. Sparsh has a dedicated non-profit arm called the Sparsh Foundation, and also operates a multi-specialty centre, trauma centre and cardiac centre.