Every year, on 14th June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This year this auspicious day bought some very proud moments for ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong. In an event organized to observe World Blood Donation Day this year, which was organized by Meghalaya AIDS Control Society, Meghalaya State Blood Transfusion Council in collaboration with Meghalaya Legislative Forum on HIV/AIDS and Licensed Blood Banks, East Khasi Hills District, the ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong was felicitated for its continuous and dedicated efforts towards encouraging voluntary blood donation and spreading awareness about the same.
The event was attended by many prominent dignitaries of the Meghalaya Government, medical institutes and organisations involved with the noble cause of blood donation. The Chief Guest in the event was Shri A L Hek, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Meghalaya. Other guests included Shri K.W. Marbaniang, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. D. Tariang, Medical Superintendent Dr. H Robert Hospital Shillong, Project Director of Meghalaya AIDS Control Society and several other prominent dignitaries. The program included presentations by prominent doctors of Shillong including Ms. E. Lingdoh, Deputy Director (BS) and Dr. Hughbert Dikhor from Nazareth Hospital. They talked about the importance of ‘Safe blood for saving mothers’ - the theme for this year and how different organizations and individuals can help in this initiative.
This was followed by the felicitation of the contributing organizations of Shillong. The efforts of ECoBiz Club of IIM Shillong in this area were also recognized. ECoBiZ Club of IIM Shillong organised the 3rd blood donation camp on 22nd February, 2014. The camp was organised in collaboration with Pasteur Institute, Shillong under the expert medical guidance and care of Dr. Momin and her nursing staff. The members of the club were called on stage and were given certificates and mementos by Mr. A L Hek, Honourable minister of Health and Family welfare, Meghalaya Government.
It was extremely encouraging for the Club to see their efforts being appreciated by the Government of Meghalaya at this prestigious event. The ceremony was followed by some performances by the local bands of Shillong. At the end of the ceremony, Chief Guest Shri A L Hek said he was really happy to see youth organizations taking up such a noble cause. He called for a dedication towards blood donation from top officers and organizations of the state. His extremely motivating speech gave the various organisations the impetus to make Meghalaya a perennial source of safe blood.