Dr. Avnish Jolly , Chandigarh, October 2, 2008 :Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology (ISBTI), on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, October 1, declared 21 blood donors who had donated blood more than a 100 times as ‘National Heroes’ and awarded them with the distinctive ‘Centurion Blood Donor Award’.
This award was conferred upon the 21 unique individuals from all over the country in special ceremony by Uttaranchal and Sikkim Ex-Governor Sh Surinder Aggarwal at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi. Amongst those 21 special donors who were honoured by ISBTI, is a Chandigarh journalist, 46 year old Bhupinder Nagpal, who has donated blood 113 times in the last 28 years of his life. He is also the youngest amongst those who were given the Centurion Blood Donor Award.
ISBTI Secretary General Dr R N Makroo, ISBTI President Dr V P Gupta and NACO Chairman Dr M Farooq praised all award winners and urged them to continue their altruistic blood donations and be an inspiration to others. Besides individual donors, many prominent voluntary organizations contributing to the cause of blood donation were also honoured on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nagpal said that donating blood to him is small and humble gesture of being able to contribute to and help those who are in need. If all the blood that he has donated saves the life of even a single person, he has the satisfaction of having made a difference to the life of that individual and those who are near and dear to him. Blood is something that is useful to all beyond the boundaries of class, cast, sect or religion. Donating blood to anyone who is in need is the ultimate triumph of humanity and human brotherhood over those who seek to divide us in the name of cast, sect, region or religion. He declared that he will continue to donate blood in the future too and urged everyone to donate blood atleast once.
Contact ::Sh Bhupinder Nagpal , 93161-23638
ISBTI Secretary General Dr R N Makroo 0-98101-70969