The Sant Nirankari Mission is holding 71 Blood Donation Camps across the country on a single day on April 24, 2012. The day is observed by the Mission as Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day) every year to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made on this day in 1980 by its former spiritual Head Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, and to remember hundreds of devotees of the Mission who also laid down their lives for the noble cause of truth, love, peace and unity. .
The series of blood donation camps which will continue throughout the year was inaugurated by Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in the Samagam Ground, Burari Road, Delhi (North). Beside Delhi, 10 blood donation camps were organized in Uttar Pradesh; 9 in Maharashtra; 5 each in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat; 4 each in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab; 3 each in West Bengal and Jharkhand; 2 each in Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, and Uttarakhand; and one each in Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerla, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, and Tripura.
The Mission today is one of the leading blood donation voluntary organizations in India. Even though the Mission’s first blood donation camp was organized in Delhi in November 1986, these camps have been organized every year since 1987 as a part of Manav Ekta Diwas Samagam. In 1997, these camps were staggered to be organized throughout summer i.e., from April to September, when the blood banks normally face acute shortage of blood. Since 2009, these camps are organized almost round the year beginning from April 24, of course. Last year, the Mission organized 390 blood donation camps throughout the country.