Mangaluru, Apr 1: St Aloysius ITI in collaboration with KMC Hospital, Mangaluru organised blood donation camp on April 1 in St Aloysius Industrial Training Institute.
The chief guest was Bharath Kumar - general secretary, DK, Auto-rickshaw Union, Jeppu, Mangaluru. The guest of honour was Dr Deepa Adiga - director, Blood Centre, KMC, Mangaluru. The president for the programme was Fr John D'Souza SJ - director St Aloysius Industrial Training Institute, Mangaluru. Roshan D'Souza - principal, Alwyn Menezes - vice principal, Noel Lobo - training officer, Raghavendra - convener, Avinash Loy D'Cunha - president, student Council, the students and staff nurses from KMC hospital were present.
The prayer service was led by MRAC 2nd year students. Raghavendra - convener escorted the dignitaries to the dias. Avinash Loy Dcunha welcomed the gathering.
The programme was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the dignitaries on the dias. The chief guest Bharath Kumar addressed the gathering by saying, "It is compulsory to donate blood above the age of 18, as it cannot be bought from any tree, plants or factory. We should inspire others by donating blood. Students should not have any bad habits as you will not be able to donate blood. We should always give side to the ambulance in emergency, as we do not know that our own relatives are in that emergency. Auto drivers are the only men who come for any help. Always respect your parents. We are grateful to have our parents and we will achieve success."
Dr Deepa Adiga spoke a few words saying, "Blood is only thing you can donate when you are alive. The blood cannot be stored more than 30 days. The donated blood is grouped into three types Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and then it is stored in the blood bank."
In his presidential address, Fr John Dsouza SJ said, "I feel very happy when you donate blood. It is a precious gift that you give to someone, it is always the auto drivers are the real heroes who help without any expectations and he promised that our institution will scholarship to the auto driver's students who come fr ITI education. A total of 52 members donated the blood."
Shreyas, student of MRAC 2nd year proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Rony D'Cunha, secretary - student council.