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B’day blood donation cheers

Deepak Kumar, a private tutor, on Monday celebrated his 41st birthday in a unique way. He donated 300ml of blood at a donation camp here to mark Doctor’s Day.

The Bhagalpur chapters of Bihar Bengali Association and Rotary Club of Bhagalpur organised a blood donation camp on the occasion of Doctor’s Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Bengal chief minister BC Roy.

“July 1 has always been special for me, but in Monday I had the opportunity to celebrate it in the best way by donating blood,” Kumar said. He also appreciated the efforts of the organisers of the camp and said that his family members supported his action.

The venue of the blood donation camp was filled with chants of “happy birthday to you”. The organisers started clapping as soon as soon the doctor pricked the needle in Kumar’s arm.

Nirupam Kanti Pal, the secretary of the association, said the main aim of the camp was to collect blood for Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital’s blood bank where scarcity of blood had become a common phenomenon. “We have organised the camp mainly to celebrate Doctors’ Day on the birth anniversary of BC Roy as well as to make people aware of the importance of blood donation,” he said.

Rotary Club of Bhagalpur president Mithilesh Sinha also emphasised the need for such camps from time to time in the town.

“On Monday, many people came forward to donate blood at the camp,” he said.

Pal said the camp was inaugurated at a hotel in Tilkamanjhi around 11.30am with more than a dozen donors.

Arun Kumar Das, a member of the association, was the first person to donate blood in the camp on Monday. “We hope the number of donors will rise before the camp ends at 5pm,” he said.