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Chennai, 6th October 2010

It was extremely heart warming to see 55 people comprising of staff and students at IIPM Chennai come and put their best foot forward by donating blood for a worthy cause. IIPM Chennai’s Great Indian Dream Club in association with Lions Blood Bank and Research Foundation Egmore conducted a one day blood donation camp at IIPM.

The events team at IIPM gave people the opportunity to give back to society, the same society where they live and thrive everyday. Sonal Chatterji from IIPM commented “Donating blood is such a striking experience that no words can define. You have to donate blood yourself to feel it. Anyone might require blood anytime including ourselves and our dear ones”. A student K.S Ahmed Faraz said “ It was a great feeling donating the blood for a good cause”.

Officials from the association shared that donating blood reduces the chances of Ischemic heart diseases as frequent donations reduce the accumulated and unwanted iron load from the body. Blood acts as a life saving medicine which works wonders in certain medical treatments. It was above all a touching experience and great satisfaction in saving lives with unselfish efforts.

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From a humble beginning that Lions Blood Bank, Egmore made in 1984 and with the untiring and zealous approach of many philanthropists, today, it has made a remarkable progress and has carved a niche among the hospitals and the medical practitioners for supply of quality products. This project has invested about Rs 10,000,000 for its expansion program for production of blood components during the period 1998-1999. At Lions Blood Bank, each unit of blood passes through a rigorous screening process for Malaria, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and HIV. One percent of all produced components are subjected to rigorous analysis by in-house and independent laboratories, in order to maintain the highest quality of blood products and ensure that the risk of infections being transmitted by transfusion is minimal.

Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Great Indian Dream Foundation (ACM GIDF) is a developmental organization of national repute, facilitating community development initiatives since 2002. Their strategy is to empower the vulnerable sections of the society by building their capacities through education, health and skill–based development. They are working for the cause of human development focusing on the less privileged sections of the society in the rural & urban areas of the country. The spheres of their work are governed by issues related to Health, Education, Livelihood and Environment. ACM GIDF is a social initiative of Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM) & Planman Consulting.

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